While not every young child is comfortable when they get handed over to a mall Santa for a photo, one kid was particularly suspicious. Kerry Spencer taught her son how to sign for help in sign language, and the moment he signed was caught during the photo opportunity. Spencer shared the image on social media, and it went viral.
“We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for ‘help.’ You’re welcome,” Spencer wrote.
Spencer shared the image on Twitter on Tuesday, and it has since been retweeted over 5,900 times and garnered more than 23,000 likes.
In follow up messages, according to a report by KDVR, Spencer described the sign her son used, saying, “In baby sign you go with what they do. We showed him the ASL version and this is what he did.”
She went on to defend her son’s use of the gesture, speaking to those who said he got it wrong. Spencer wrote, “And to all the commenters who said he did it wrong, he was one! Give the poor guy a break.”
Spencer also added an image of the “actual sign.”
She also asserted that, while the gesture may not have been perfect, she knew precisely what her son meant when he made the sign. Other commenters echoed Spencer’s sentiment, confirming that babies don’t always get it right and may “mispronounce” certain signs while they are learning.
In what could be considered a sign of solidarity, many other commenters shared photos of either their children or themselves showing various signs of distress while sitting with Santa.
Spencer did not share whether her son was able to tell the jolly man known as Saint Nick what he wanted for Christmas before his parents saved him from the mall Santa, which Spencer stated she did quickly once she knew her son was not comfortable.