I'm continually amazed at how friendly the world becomes when you carry around a bubbly, chubby-cheeked girl. Anna's ability to disarm complete strangers with her smiles and giggles is a sight to behold. There's something about that double dimple smile that makes people completely forget themselves. Harried waitresses stop in their tracks to say hi, random strangers on the street rubberneck and comment aloud (most recently in downtown Boston we heard,"Mama mia! look at those cheeks!")
... I've even caught super serious looking business men making googly faces at her. Obviously I'm biased when it comes to Anna's particular cuteness factor, but that's the effect that most babies have, right? It's sort of sad that as we grow older, we basically stop engaging strangers altogether. I suppose it's just a fact of life -- those social norms pressing down -- but it certainly is refreshing to see the world through the eyes of someone who doesn't know any better... and to watch how the world responds.