That’s NOT a wrap
I saw the oddest thing when I was heading into work on Wednesday. I’m still puzzling over it.
The weather was rainy and cold, somewhere in the low 40s. It was a miserable sort of cold, the kind where the chill goes straight to the bones and it’s hard to get warm again. I had to park on the 2nd floor of the parking garage at the Commons, and it was as I was walking down the stairwell that I saw her.
It was a woman I would guess to be in her 40s. As she climbed the stairs she clutched to her chest a very young infant, a tiny newborn, probably no more than a couple of weeks old. The baby was wearing a lightweight sleeper, the kind made for inside the house, and wasn’t wrapped in any blanket. Nor did the baby wear a hat. Just a lightweight sleeper in the cold weather.
The baby was too tiny to be out like that. The baby was also dressed inappropriately to be out like that. And honestly, with the advent of carriers, strollers, infant wraps, and front packs, it’s odd to just see a baby carried against one’s chest. Especially outside. And especially unprotected from cold, wet weather.
I can theorize all sorts of scenarios in an attempt to make what I saw somehow less odd. Maybe some of them would be true. Maybe.
But if you had a tiny little bug like that out in bad weather, wouldn’t you at least close your coat around her to help keep her protected from the elements?
It was just…odd.