Agree with what Christy said in post #16. I was thinking the same thing - you very likely were standing in the 'middle' of the walkway making others walk around you. You stated: "and then trying to walk with her down the street." I have to say if I had to thread my way around a mom and one-year-old slowly totttering along in my way, I might have given you "rude looks" as well!
>>this town asks like we are carrying in a rhino whenever we walk down a street, enter a restaurant, etc.<<
So far you have explained one minor occurance when you felt people "hated" your kid. That was your impression, as far as we know, nobody said a rude word to you?
>>this lovely woman (in her 80's) almost jumped off a park bench to hug our daughter and get her granddaughter fix.<<
>>We had an older gentleman and his dogs approach to play with our daughter on the beach.<<
>>I love small towns. That's usually the best place to take kids! Everyone smiles and gives you the grandparent's love that you miss when being away from family.<<
>>The same for the ONP beaches - everyone smiled when they saw our daughter running around the beaches.<<
Okaaay . . . I believe a pattern is emerging here!
You feel that everyone should admire and welcome your daughter just as your relatives and close friends do.
Not everyone likes children!
Do you expect folks to come running over to fawn over your child everywhere you go? Some parents would freak out if strangers came up and hugged their young child! An "older gentleman" stranger coming up to "play" with a 1 year old girl? That sounds downright creepy.
I'm sure your child is the very best, brightest and most beautiful child in the entire world - the best that there ever has been and ever will be and never cries or does anything wrong.
But don't tarnish an entire town because a few people didn't fuss over and admire your little darling as they had to step around you on the sidewalk going about their business.
This is truly one of the most bizarre threads I have ever read, and I've read some real doozies in six years on TA ;-)