Over Christmas I visited my father, and on Friday the 28th of December 2012, we went to go visit my sister and her children (5 years, 4 years, and 15 months of age), who were being visited by my brother. Every member of my immediate family now knows about my paci for I pulled it out during the visit and put it in my mouth. I did however cover it up with one hand. When my brother noticed, this conversation ensued:
Brother: Why are you covering your mouth?
Me: *removes paci from mouth, holds it out to brother*
Brother: Were you just sucking on a pacifier?
Brother: Is it yours?
Me: Yes, it's mine. (Added, in my head: I'm not stealing from the little one, sheesh!)
Brother: ...Well, does it help?
Brother: Well, if it helps then I guess it's fine...
I was not questioned any further. My brother must have taken the shock of seeing the paci and brushed it off as a possible anxiety issue (since pacis are meant as stress relief). Thank goodness!
Then during the evening meal the little guy started crying, and my sister asked one of the older ones to bring down one of his (the little guy)'s pacifiers and I joked, "I'd give him mine but it's too big." My sister then said to me: "We don't share things that have been in our mouths!" My brother-in-law had left for work around four o'clock, and my dad took me back to his house around 7:00 so he missed the pacifier revelation thing...