Alright, prepare to be cuted to death. I kid you not. The feels, baby. It’s also kind of a big deal to me… and my little 7-year-old who has anxiety. Yeah, that young.
Lemme walk you through it.
Preceding photo #1, I summoned the courage to get the twins to pose with the photo stand-in I brought… my little jackelope whom we called Mixie online (after her fanbot) crept along behind me. I played it casual, no pressure (she was putting enough of that on herself) and she told me she thought she could work up the courage to get a photo with them herself if we just watched a while.
But like me, if someone talks to her first, she responds well enough despite the shyness. And someone did. Gabi!
Photo #1: Gabi has chatted with her for a few minutes and asked her whether they could walk over together. Here they begin their approach.
Photo #2: Gabi is creeping along comically, keeping it light. The Spine looks at her strangely and is advised not to judge her. (LOL)
Photo #3: Success! The Spine is glomped.
Photo #4: Gabi basks in her success (danged right) as The Spine beams down at the lil ankle biter…
Photo #5: She started to walk away when I pointed out that she missed one, and that one has ears like hers… (sorta) And Rabbit is glomped as well, and rightly so… and looks pleased about it.
Photo #6: One of several that Gabi got throughout the day.
Photo #7: Leading to the little jackelope returning on her own to get a photo with The Spine… though she says she likes every band member equally, past observation suggests she favors titanium alloy…
Holy crud, she makes him look huger or he makes her look tinier… Anyway, yay Gabi! Thank you for helping her get past it.
Mixie is actually a famous hugger (like her unofficially favorite robut) and we never get out the door here without her crying, “HUG!” and charging the door. And though I wasn’t able to catch Hatchy for a stand in photo later, she did bolt over when she saw him and gave him a hug as well. I think she had a checklist…
Anyway, I think my shy vibes were interfering with my ability to help (not really a helpful example, meh), and maybe someday she can help me get past it and at last have the courage to hug those mooks myself! But this may have been even better…
Always reblog Jackalope Mixie, the youngest member of the Flaggerdoot (to my knowledge).