Every now and then I take Karen to Cerf Volant, it's a place where in a child can play accompanied by an adult or mostly by his/her mother. Although she doesn't want to play yet with other children, I believe that it's a good way for her "to interact" with others. That goes the same thing for me, I would sometime talk to another mother but while majority of the Westeners in the playgroup look like their offspring that's not my case. Karen's features are mostly taken from her father--curly hair, fair skin,etc. Anyway, while some people could be discreet on asking if Karen's my daughter, others (mostly my compatriots) could not believe that she is really my daughter. This was one of experiences one afternoon while we were in Cerf Volant. A compatriot greeted me with a smile and asked me if I work full-time. Ugh! She thought that I was Karen's nanny!
I know that I am not an isolated case, but it felt weird having to deal with that comment. I could have replied how I carried her for 9 months, how difficult it was to breastfeed her during the first few weeks, how up until now she is waking up in the middle of the night,blah,blah,blah but I didn't feel so dramatic that day so I merely answered that I am the Nanay(mother) and besides, it's so obvious, we've got the same nose. ; )