I know everyone thinks their kid is the most handsome/wonderful/amazing child on the planet. I know this. And yet I’m telling you, Will is a friggin superstar.
Simply put, the kid commands a room.
First of all, the #1 comment we hear from people immediately after they meet Will is concerning his hair. Apparently there’s a shortage of towheaded babies out there, because when people see him they say “Oh my gosh look how blonde he is. I haven’t seen a blonde baby like that in years!” And as soon as Will realizes they’re looking at him and talking about him, that’s when he turns on the charm.
First he starts off with some eye contact and a little wave. Then, once he has them on the hook, he finishes them off with a little chirp and that toothy smile where he scrunches his eyes and balls up his fists. And if it’s a cute girl, he might blow them a kiss or do the “touchdown” signal, at which point I have to beat them away with a stick to stop them from taking my son home with them.
This happened today while we were shopping in the Carter’s outlet near our house. Now keep in mind, the employees there see nothing but a steady stream of kids every single day. And yesterday was no different. Babies of all ages, strollers everywhere. And yet when Will walked in, all eyes were on him. Within 5 minutes he had both of the sales girls out from behind the register playing with him. After they rang us up and played with Will for a few more minutes, one of the girls took me aside and said “He is seriously the cutest little kid I’ve ever seen. He’s just adorable. I can’t believe it.”
I smiled and thanked her for the kind words. I swear Will winked at her and he may have slipped her his number. And I know this sounds conceited, but it’s far from the first time some stranger at some random place has said this to me. He’s so outgoing, friendly and he’s a complete exhibitionist. MJ gets a little embarrassed about it sometimes because she’s a private person who just wants to blend in and not stand out in a crowd.
But that’s just not in the cards. I truly believe Will has something special. A presence. I know it’s crazy to think a 13-month-old has the ability to read people and react accordingly, but I swear Will does it on a consistent basis. And he just has this ability to make people so happy. Not just family and friends, but complete strangers as well. They end up THANKING US simply for letting them hold Will or play with him for a few minutes. And Will? He eats it up. He loves the spotlight.
He’s a little too much like his old man. Except better looking.