Thursday, March 21, 2013


This morning, at the indoor play center, my big girl accidentally ran into a smaller girl and knocked her over.  

The little girl (who was probably about 15-18 months old?) whimpered a little as she sat on the ground.  Her mom looked at her and said "Aww, she didn't mean it."

Without thinking, I turned to BG and said "Say sorry, honey."

Her forehead scrunched up and the mom I had been talking to laughed a little.  "Oh," I said.  "She feels bad.  She's going to..."

And then my daughter started to sob.

With the baby in the carrier on my chest, I awkwardly knelt down on the ground and my sweet, sweet girl threw herself into my arms.  The other moms I was there with stood around, looking concerned and saying "Awwww" a lot.  One of her little toddler friends tried to give her a hug.  She just clung to me.

"It's okay, sweetie.  I know you didn't mean it."  
"Noooooooooooo.  Huuuuurrt." 
"Are you hurt?"  
"The little girl isn't hurt honey.   She's fine."
"Okay.  I know.  I know."

After about ten minutes of this, she pulled back, wiped her face, said "I better" and ran off to go play.


Now, *where* did I get a little girl who feels other people's feelings so much?  Ahem.

I'm feeling a little raw today.  Maybe what I need is for someone to just hold me and let me cry until I say I'm all better, and then I can go run and play again.

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1 comment:

  1. Hugs. I so get this. We are giving our daughters the gift of empathy and compassion for their fellow human beings. I am no longer going to be afraid of being "sensitive" or "wearing my heart on my sleeve". I know that what you see is what you get.