I have always been of the school of though that “all kids are not cute”, much to the chagrin of some friends whose maternal instincts threaten to overpower them senseless in the presence of any toddler, cute or not. I just haven’t ever been the sort. I don’t think all kids are born cute. Sorry but I don’t. But of course one learns to be diplomatic over the years and even when the toddler in front of you inspires no ooh-coochie cooing and aahing, one learns to say something along the lines of “oh wow, your kid has such expressive eyes” or “mashallah he/she has such different looks- who does he/she take after?” It’s always got an element of truth because it’s just weird to out and out lie, especially to an earnest mom about her beloved child.
Having said that, and now having had the honour of being a mom, I take all compliments with a tiny grain of salt. Heh. I love hearing how cute Naddu is, how adorable his outfit looks, how responsive he is (mashallah, mashallah mashallah, allah ka shukar) because OF COURSE he is, but at some far flung corner of my all too logical mind, an annoying little voice reminds me of the countless times I have done this to people and I wonder if it is now payback time! haha.