If you want to know the truth, I think I’m deeply misunderstood when it comes to kids. Jieun’s partly right, partly wrong about this.
First of all, I’m not that devastated when kids don’t like me. If it really bothered me that much I’d change how I act with them but I pretty much don’t. The thing is, and this is bad, but my primary motivation is amusing myself. And I’m amused by the absurd. I think I already wrote about talking with Elaney and Everett a long time ago about Finding and Eating Nemo. Pretty awful. I’ve talked multiple times with Ashley about what she wants to be when she grows up, whether she’d prefer to be an accountant, sanitation engineer, or Secretary of the Interior. I dunno, that amuses me. But of course kids don’t “get” my humor.
Here’s the other thing. Jieun’s right, babies are babies, so adults need to adapt to them. But something about that, I don’t like. I just feel like, even with kids, I have to be me, and take it or leave it, I’m not going to change who I am just to get affection.
So like, I’m fairly certain that most kids like it when you’re physical with them, swinging them around, throwing them, stuff like that. That’s how Young gets kids to like him and it’s why kids are naturally drawn to physical looking guys like George. I dunno, I’m just not generally a physical type guy. Don’t like swinging around the girls, and even of the boys, I pretty much only like throwing around Adoniah and Nathan.
What I do like is witty banter. Which is largely unappreciated by the kids. Whatever, their loss. They’ll come to appreciate it someday, if not in this life, then the next.
I dunno, I’ve tried being more physical and doing the Dave “secret” thing with kids like Ashley but in the end I always end up reverting to absurd verbal humor because that’s what amuses me and that’s who I am. C’est la vie.