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“Why did I fall down?”

“Why did I fall down?”

We were leaving for daycare when Daddy turned to lock the door and you walked down the steps.

But you didn’t walk, your feet slipped out from beneath you and you ended up sitting on the step.

“Why did I fall down?” you asked, mildly curious and not the least bit afraid or concerned.

“Because there was rain on it. Rain makes things wet and slick,” Daddy said.

You nodded acknowledgments and walked to the car.


“I look wired”

“I look wired.”


“I look wired.”

You were standing on the footstool in the downstairs bathroom, looking in the mirror. I imagined the tens of thousands of times in your life you will look in a mirror. How many times will you not be happy with what you see?

“What did you say?”

“I look wired.”


You think you look weird.

My heart sank. Was this the first of hundreds of times I will need to reassure you? To help you see the inner beauty that others see? To help you see the obvious outer byeauty that others also see?

“What are you unhappy with?”

“My hair looks wired,” you say holding it up. “I need a pony tail.”

I wish that all of life’s problems were so easy to fix.

Potty training, continued

“I peed on the floor.”

I picked up your blanket from your dirty clothes, and you said that you had peed on the blanket and the pillow the night before.

I used the dirty blanket to try to clean up some of the urine on the white carpet.

“No, not my blanket,” you said.

“Honey,” I said, “It’s already dirty, from last night.”

“No, I sleep with that,” you said, explaining your concern.

Level Four

You advanced to the next level at swim class tonight. From three to four. 

Coach Liz warned us that you may be in level four for more than a year as you learn to focus and mature.

We’re glad to get you away from the little boy you play with during class. 

That is, when you aren’t diving under the water on your own. 

You’re a great swimmer…

But you get distracted easily and when it’s not your turn. You stand on the ledge and dive under the water. You can easily spend half your time under water. Or not paying attention. 


You’ve gotten to be so good at swimming because Mommy and Daddy work with you in the pool. 

You also practice in the bathtub. 

Daddy sympathizes deeply when you’re distracted, I too, can get distracted. 

So now you move up a level and you’ll start learning more about swimming. 

The day will come when you’re a better swimmer than Daddy or Mommy. That day isn’t today, so when you’re in the pool alone, you’ll keep wearing your swimmies.