This post appeared originally on BKK Kids.
I moved to Bangkok with my husband and daughter a few months ago, and I’m very impressed with how fast we have managed to adapt to our new lives. This has a lot to do with the Thai culture which is very welcoming. Locals are affectionate, especially with young kids.
My daughter, who is two years old, has pinkish round cheeks, is very cheerful and, just like her mom, she has curly dark hair. This means that each time we walk around the city we get exposed to crowd-cheering and excitement towards our exotic looks, so much that I feel like a walking circus, or a celebrity (depending on how you like to judge the situation).
Getting this type of attention could be good as it serves as a distraction for my two year old, when I try my best to shop with a toddler in tow. However, this friendliness comes with a price – the one of having my daughter’s picture taken by total strangers. Well, this bothers me for the many reasons listed below, and I truly (sincerely, gratefully) hope that anyone who is planning to take a photo of my kiddo understands these reasons and respects them, or else they’re giving me no choice other than to blow them from cannon.
So, for all the strangers out there, here are five reasons that I’m hoping will convince you to stop taking pictures of my baby.
Reason #1: You never ask for my permission
By taking pictures of my daughter without getting my prior permission, tells me that you have no respect for me – you know, that woman impatiently standing right next to the stroller while you’re taking pictures of her kiddo. Can’t you at least acknowledge my presence, smile, and ask me if I’m ok with getting my baby’s picture taken by a complete stranger? I don’t guarantee the answer will be positive, but I’ll appreciate the respect given to me. And if you don’t look like a psychopath, chances are I might (unwillingly, but politely) allow you to take a couple of pictures.
Reason #2: I don’t know you
Not only I don’t know you, but also I don’t trust you. Why are you even bothered by taking pictures of a two year old? Is it to show it off to your friends, look at this cute little girl I came across today? Sometimes when I don’t like the person who is taking the pictures, I just ask them to stop (I try to keep a smile and sound as polite as possible, promise!).
Reason #3: You don’t respect my time
Well this reason is an absolute exasperation. The problem here is that I find myself in a photo-shoot session that I didn’t sign-up for. When those strangers decide to take pictures of my baby, they don’t just take one picture, they take as many as their phone capacity allows it. This bothers me because I have other things to do (and I like to complete them all before the toddler tantrum kicks in!), and they don’t seem to care much about it. They just keep taking more and more pictures and selfies, until they find the perfect one, which makes me wonder again: why are they taking these pictures in the first place (refer to reason #2 above)? I still don’t get it.
Reason #4: My daughter is not in the right mood
The other day I got stopped by three tourists (cause yes, the exotic hair seems to be an attraction for both locals and tourists), who asked if they could take pictures of my daughter. Well, at least they had the courtesy of asking for my permission (well done guys), but my daughter was going through a little phase (you know, the famous Terrible Twos) and she wasn’t in her best mood to cooperate in being photographed. I warned them about her mood, but they didn’t seem to get it. Instead, they kept asking her to look at their cameras, and they kind of forced me to ask them to stop taking pictures. I don’t like to sound rude guys, but you force me into it.
Reason #5: I just hate it
Maybe I should have started with this reason. I just hate it. I hate for total strangers to take pictures of my daughter. Short and simple. I don’t see why I need to explain myself, but I guess I do it because I’ll use it as an official warning (remember, the cannon above? Great…).
So now that everyone’s been officially warned, please (oh! please) keep your cameras in your pockets or else don’t blame me for going nuts.
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