Rapport with a Baby

“It reminds me of a time in Florida. Mrs. Erickson and I entered a restaurant, took a seat in a booth. A young couple came in with an eighteen month old child . . . our waitress got a high chair and tried to butter up that eighteen month old baby and he turned his face down. And the parents said knowingly, “Oh baby is very shy, very timid, won’t even look at strangers.” The meal was served to the parents … I know what babies do. Pretty soon the baby started to look around. He looked in my direction and I ducked, and very quickly I ducked again. Pretty soon the baby and I were having a nice game of peek-a-boo. We lingered, and when the parents left the baby waved bye-bye to me. The parents nearly fell over. But you meet the patient at the patient’s level.”

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