How to Meet His Gaze: Grow Fur

posted by Momo Fali on June 9, 2014

Every Sunday at church I reach for him during the sign of peace. As I simultaneously shake his hand and lean over to kiss the top of his head I remind him to look people in the eye when he says, “Peace be with you.” It’s not necessarily something that comes naturally to him.

There are times, of course, when he will sit and stare intently at my face as we discuss the day’s events. Some evenings he will sit on my lap and I’ll tell him stories and he’ll look at me so closely that I can count his freckles.

But, more often than not, when replying to someone he quickly glances away as he says, “Thanks” or “Bye.” Eye contact is not his strong suit.



Well, with humans anyway.


  • Liz

    Hey, me too! P.S. I love this <3

  • Melisa

    Noted. 🙂
    And I love this, too! And I love him.

  • tara

    Such sweet photos! He makes eye contact where it counts 🙂

  • Casey


  • r/b

    Fur is easier….Looking at human faces is so messy. Who knows what they want? I can’t tell, because humans will have a hard time being truthful lot of the time…
    MUCH more rewarding and QUIET to make the eye contact with a critter. NO noise in the gaze, just a type of acceptance, calm and quiet.

  • Marianne

    precious photos. Animals give unconditional love…humans don’t always. Maybe he feels safer with the animals. I get that. 🙂

    Hey, I’m blogging about giving up dyeing my hair, which I’ve done for 12 years. It’s a bit traumatic, and I’m asking women to join in this journey with me. Just share their thoughts on dyeing or not. I’d love for you to join in, if you’d like. You speak to the heart of so many things in life. I’m curious why we feel we must look younger, and why the grays intimidate us. I’m going to be posting, with pictures, how this goes for me. I’d be honored if you’d check in now and then.

  • Laura in Little Rock

    I love this. My 9yo son would rather talk with his chickens than the dogs. It’s the best and makes owning animals worth the trials and tribulations to watch children with them.

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