Its not a Bible quote, but maybe it should be.
I have 3 kids- I'm a pro, if you will- and even I have found myself doing the comparison dance from time to time. Its interesting to note, by the way, that boxing has also been compared to a dance.
Coincidence? I think not.
You can find this dance occurring anywhere moms are found- parks, grocery stores, even the library:
The dance begins:
"Your baby is SO cute- how old is he?"
"Aw, she's gorgeous."
"Thanks. What a cutie- he's so big! Is he crawling yet?"
"Just yesterday. Its like she's been saving her energy, though, because she crawled across the entire kitchen floor first time out!"
"That's incredible! You're going to have your hands full with her."
"I'm a little thankful that mine is still a sweet lump- we haven't had to really baby proof. Now if only he'd stay a sweet SILENT lump- he just said 'Mama' yesterday. He'll be talking up a storm in no time."
"They grow up so fast, don't they? Mine was reaching out toward the 'Modern Science' magazine in the bookstore earlier. My husband and I are already deciding which Ivy League to send her to. I guess we'll just wait a month til she can tell us her choice."
"That's really impressive. You must be proud. I don't think there's an Ivy League in our little guy's future, though,"
...Wait for it...
"all he wants to do is read cookbooks, so we're looking into early enrollment for the Culinary Institute of America instead of kindergarten. A parent should always encourage their child's strengths and he makes the BEST bolognese- just think what training could do!"
Every time a mom asks another mom her baby's age, the first step in the dance is taken. Even if each others babies are no where near in age, its a crucial step in determining how their own baby is doing; however, no mom wants anyone to look at their baby as the weakest link, so they throw out their own baby's recent milestone... and if necessary, they embellish:
"Little Johnny just took his first steps! How 'bout yours?"
"Oh, mine is content to keep his seat on Terra Firma... chewing on books... well, reading books... A book, actually- he's reading 'Hamlet'."
Its not our fault. Like the bell that starts the boxing match or that first note of a tango, asking a baby's age will always be perceived as:
"Betcha my baby is better than yours."
Soooo.... how old is YOUR baby?