Today I was shopping and saw an adorable baby in her stroller with her mommy. As I passed by, I said "Hi there, Cutie Bootie! Aren't you the sweetest thing." I briefly stopped to smile and then was going to go on my way and the mom remarked "What an awful name to call my daughter! How rude!" I just stood there with my mouth hanging open (I'm certain) as she strolled away, looking back at me as if I were some sort of pervert or something. Another woman passing by said, "Don't let the little things get to you".
It took me a while to figure out that the offending word must have been "bootie", but I just used it because it rhymes with "cutie". A little about me: I am 48, female, petite, well groomed, a grandmother, normal looking - I suppose, and I often smile and speak to little ones who make eye contact with me. I do NOT touch nor reach out for children...I would never do that. Also, I live in a small-ish city in the Midwest (not NYC or someplace like that).
Did the mom overreact? Or was the fault my own?