While she ate, an Indian toddler observed her. I smiled at her and told her “just see, don’t touch, ok?” She nodded and did not approach. The toddler was in uniform and her mum was nearby. What’s interesting was that this toddler was very calm and did not make loud noises or run at Cara. She kept telling her mum to come see the cat. This toddler was even more calm than the Chinese boy I encountered previously.
Cara had a peaceful meal with the toddler standing about 1.5 m away, smiling and turning to her mum with “Cat, come see” in turn. The toddler’s playgroup transport arrived after a while and she left with much reluctance. She even called out softly to Cara: “Bye bye, cat.”
I chatted with the mother, N, for a bit, telling her about Cara’s fear of loud noisy children and the fact that she’s sterilised. N said they just arrived from India 6 months ago. They had dogs at home in India, and her child grew up with them. But the paperwork to get the dogs into Singapore was too much to handle. So they left the dogs with relatives. Her child misses the dogs and is especially fond of both dogs and cats. I remarked that her child was amazingly well-behaved, and N said that’s because she learnt from young, and growing up with the dogs was part of her life. We exchanged phone numbers. N left after that.