Monday, February 9, 2009

Taught myself a lesson.

Day 40.

As a parent, you often say things that are really dumb, come from nowhere and you wish you could take them back almost immediately. Luckily, there are refreshing breaks from this bumbling mess.

I am grateful for rare phrases of genius that come from my mouth!

Tonight Dylan fell off her chair at dinner, and it was a rough landing. She needed some mommy cuddles, and I could tell she was really holding back tears. I told her it was OK to cry, that sometimes it feels good to cry. I said it a couple of times, and so she let out a few whimpers, and then wanted to know: What happens when I cry?

Me: Tears roll down your cheeks.
Her: What else?
Me: Your eyes get squinty and you look sad.
Her: What else?
Me: You make crying noises?
Her: What else?
Me: I don't know...what do you think happens?
Her: You make more room for joy.
Me: You make more room for joy?
Her: Yeah, you make more room for joy in your body.

... pause ...

Me: Who told you that?
Her: You!


  1. that's adorable on both your accounts. did you really not remember saying that or just testing her?

  2. Oh my goodness I love this. Can I steal it? Brilliant.