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Compassion (sometimes)


Emma, after getting Johnny to stop crying: I like making people happy when they are sad.

Emma and Johnny are outside. Johnny is whimpering, and I see Emma put her arm around him. “How sweet,” I think. Then, I hear this:

Emma: Step on the buggy. Do it. Please? (uses arm to try to push poor Johnny onto some innocent bug)

After breaking up a conflict between Emma and Johnny

Mama:I don’t like it when kids fight. It makes me sad.
Emma: No, you weren’t sad. I saw your eyes [and you weren’t crying].

Emma trying to cheer me up on a bad day: Mama, Belle is the prettiest princess. You look like Belle.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “Compassion (sometimes)”

  1. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    I love that you record their quotes! I have a notebook full of things Emily has said, and I’m looking forward to filling another notebook with Clara’s silly quotes someday.

    Emma is one smart cookie!

  2. You know, Emma is right – you do look like Belle. But Belle never had three sweet kids who made HER smile, so we know which of you is the luckier one!

    That bug-stepping instigating! Funny!

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