Contrary to what my classmates in undergrad believed, I don't hate little kids. I just don't love them. I'm really pretty neutral about small children. I can take them or leave them. Now I like kids that I know and kids that I'm related to. I'm just talking about children I don't know here. That being said, for some reason small children I don't know seem to love me. I don't know why. I never thought I put off any "Hey, little kids! Come to me and play!" vibes. But apparently I do.
When I was in Kenya 4 years ago (has it really been that long!?), we went to some orphanages and for some reason the small children loved me. More than once a child would run up to me and then not leave my side. I didn't mind, but I didn't get it either. This past weekend we were at a cookout at Jeremy's boss's house and one of his coworkers was there with his wife and 18ish month old daughter. For some reason the daughter really liked me and kept wanting me to play with her. The parents even asked (half jokingly, I think) if I was available for babysitting.
This all just struck me as interesting because I have friends who just LOVE kids - they would and could spend all their time playing with kids. I'm not like that. So why do small children like me so much?