She stood over my shoulder for what felt like ages. She was silent. But I could feel her face contorting into expressions meant to elicit baby smiles and coos. Marshall stood on my lap facing her and loving the attention. At some point she began to sense the awkwardness too. Or perhaps she remembered that she was on the clock and needed to greet customers. Before she turned to go, she said, “He’s so cute he makes my heart stop.” It was then that I decided to start recording the reactions that people have to him. At just six months old he has a charm that any politician would surely kill for. Another favorite comment from a stranger is, “He just lights up the room when he comes in.” I could not agree more.

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