Archer isn't walking yet and after the whole, waiting until 13 months to crawl, I could seriously care less.
As far as I'm concerned he's taking his sweet time and having fun banging his knees on the concrete and cruising on all fours. Right? Let him crawl until he feels like walking. Life is long. There will be plenty of time for running amok on two feet.
Unfortunately as of late, it seems that I am the only person who thinks so. Everywhere we go people feel the need to play "mommy" and parent my child. Everywhere we crawl people decide we shouldn't be crawling. We should be "walking." We also should be reading paperbacks and speaking latin and doing whatever it is their child is doing so well. Croquet for instance. Interpretive dance?
"15 months and still no walking?"
"Wow. My kid walked at 8-months (infant walks by, waves, pulls Tolstoy for Youngsters out of back pocket of Osh Gosh B'goshes.)
"That's great for your child. I'm really happy for him."
"Here, lemme try..."
And no joke, random strangers literally pick Archer up off his knees and try to teach him to walk. Classy.
"What the hell are you doing?"
"You need to teach him like this (shows me what I "should be" doing.) Come on Archer! One foot in front of the other. YOU CAN DO IT!"
"Actually. I don't want to teach him. I would prefer if he didn't walk. Easier for me. I hope he crawls until he's twenty-five."
"Is that a joke? Ha. Wait, you're not serious."
Since when is it okay to teach random children how to walk because lately (at the Aquarium, in the store, at the park, in my neighborhood) randoms haunt Archer in ghost-like clusters and pounce upon him, lifting him to his feet, holding his fingers and calling him like a dog?
Does anyone know of a public place where a baby can crawl in peace? I'm serious. When will people keep their hands to themselves? WHY DO YOU CARE IF MY KID ISN'T WALKING?
What? You have a problem with hands and knees? I'll walk you in the face, dudes. No joke.