It is not unusual to have people approach me and my toddler on the street with big smiles that transform their faces and the local version of baby talk. It happens all the time. Some people even give him small gifts. Recently, one older gentleman presented my son with some candles (for burning in the orthodox churches here) and a couple of days later, an old lady selling flowers gifted him a small bouquet of violets. Along with the gifts, both exclaimed “God bless you!” to him over and over. These interactions are sweet and often leave me with a lasting smile.
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