Comic: I make children cry

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I remember doing this once when I was a kid. I grabbed onto what I thought was my mom’s skirt and then looked up and then it wasn’t her and I ran away screaming.

I assume this happens all the time.

In every country.

So when I was at the supermarket the other day and a kid grabbed onto my skirt, looked up, recognized I was’t his mom, and ran away crying/screaming – I tried not to take it personally.


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23 Comments on Comic: I make children cry

  1. Ha! You have to feel sorry for a troll who’s so impotent they have to hide behind an anonymous comment! (and apparently doesn’t know what “cause” means?)

    Losers like this set out to hurt us and just end up making us feel better about who we are! XD

  2. I never did this as a kid but I WAS very dumb, and always at the supermarket. Apparently I learned to speak very early but I didn’t learn what was OKAY to say and what is very not okay to say until much later. The area where I lived was very un-diverse with almost 100% caucasian population, so when at ~age 3 I saw my first black person in the supermarket(a black baby adopted by a white family, according to the story my mom told me, I don’t remember this incident myself) I blurted out “Mommy, that baby’s BROWN! What’s wrong with him? Why is he so dirty?” Of course my mother was mortified and gave a huge lecture when we got home and explained to me that there are all kinds of different people in the world. I’m sure I didn’t mean to be nasty; at age 3 my experience of the world was very limited so when I saw a black baby with his white mother, I assumed he was a dirt-covered white baby. Now that I live in Japan, I keep this story in my mind when kids react to me in a way that I find rude or upsetting. They probably just don’t know better, and if they can use this chance to learn a lesson and not repeat the same mistake, I don’t take it to heart and feel upset.

  3. Mr.Panda’s niece called every Asian looking yound man ‘daddy’ until she was 3.
    And I really think she also believed they were her ‘daddy’.

  4. Sometimes when little kids look at me I can see their lips starting to quiver. No matter how I’m feeling I try to put on a smile for them and usually the quivering stops. Not always, but usually. I guess we forget how big and powerful and sometimes scary adults seem to little kids who are just learning how the world works and aren’t exactly sure what those strange, slightly unpredictable big people are going to do. Of course none of this explains why so many little ones like big scary dinosaurs.

    But they are aware enough even at a young age to realize that touching another person, especially someone they don’t know, is a sort of wrong thing to do. And maybe, if they’re looking for reassurance or attention from mom and they’re surprised you’re not mom it can be a little bit of a scary shock.

  5. This happens to me sometimes but more often to my (Japanese) husband. They just come up and grab his hand. He lets them hold on until they realize and run off “Papaaa!”(≧∇≦)

  6. Anonymous // 4 October, 2015 at 5:20 am //

    If you were Japanese I don’t think he would be as scared. Being called that got me mad so I would correct them by saying foreigner sama in my best Japanese

  7. LOL yep, I did that once, though I didn’t run away screaming. Mum was practicing singing or something in a circle of people. I was about 3, so I was bored and running around. I kept running back to the circle while squinting (I was pretending I could do anything with my eyes closed), I’d hug my mum, then run off and do it again. Then, I ran and hugged someone *else* wearing a similar dress, so I didn’t that anymore. LOL

  8. This happens to me so much, especially with babies! Filipino babies make faces at me like I am the scariest thing they’ve ever seen. That’s why I pretty much never ask to hold babies here… they are just not used to seeing a big white face with a long nose :)

  9. hahaha this happened with me when i was a child, but i didn’t ran crying hehehe
    “mom!mom, look at that!…ohh…not my mom…i’m sorry miss…*(walking away slowly and blushing like hell!)*”

  10. S. J. Pajonas (spajonas) // 3 October, 2015 at 4:31 am //

    Funny. :) Yeah. I’m sure this happens all the time, in every country. Just FYI, your images are not loading on Mac Safari.

  11. Do you convert grams to ounces for your american audience or are imperial units used in Japan?

  12. Jessicavy // 3 October, 2015 at 2:25 am //

    Bahahaha! Fortunately I’ve never had this happen to me, but I think I magically repel children >:)
    I wish I could say I remember doing this as a child, but apparently I only reached that level of awkwardness in my 20’s. I was once at a produce store with my husband, feeling up a pile of kiwis for ripeness. Now, my husband, upon seeing me eat a kiwi early in our relationship, had absolutely refused to have any, insisting, “They look like testicles!” So here I am, groping this pile of fruit, when I grab the wrong one and start a kiwi avalanche. I throw myself onto the pile, desperately holding them back and say to who I THINK is my husband, “Help me. The testicles!” When my no one rushes in to help me right Mt Kiwi, I turn my head slightly and see a man that is most certainly NOT my husband frozen and staring at me like, well like I’m a stranger who just asked him to help with some testicles. I scrambled to shove the fruit back into formation while awkwardly saying “My husband says they look like testicles! Hahaha . . .”

  13. I don’t think I have ever made kids cry just made them laugh or they tell their mums that I seem like a cool mom.

  14. Nicholas Wilson // 2 October, 2015 at 10:59 pm //

    No I think that’s only ever happened to you and that small child in the whole of recorded history? You believe me right? ;D

    Actually I once had a child ask my to buy them some chocolate whilst looking away in the supermarket poor thing looked bloody terrified when he looked up to see my face looking down at him! :)

  15. Haha this reminds me of when you replied to a kid who pointed out that you’re a foreigner: “Nihonjin des!” :D I’ve made kids cry, too. It’s a strange feeling.

    • Hahaha. I do the point & “nihonjin desu” quite a bit too~

      • Friend of mine did that to some teenagers in Korea. Little kids don’t bother me too much, they tend to like to provide running commentary, but teenagers are old enough to be gently mocked when they do silly things~

  16. Ayla Cottrell // 2 October, 2015 at 10:49 pm //

    Haha! This is great! I’ve made children cry too, but my situation was a little different. We were at the park, and the kid I was nannying wanted to go down the slide. There was a little girl that was sitting at the top of the slide, preventing all the other little kids from going down. I went over and told her she needed to decide to either slide down the slide or move. She started bawling and ran strait to her mom. I laughed so hard. Her mom did to! Hehe.

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