I started asking him about his day and he told me that he and his friend were going to get lots of new sweaters. Since we just got a heatwave this week, I found this comment strange and asked him why he wanted new sweaters. His answer broke my heart:
"Because if I get new sweaters, then you won't be mad at me. You know, because I broke the zippers in my other ones."
Heart shattered. That 4-year-old completely humbled his Mommy with less than two sentences! Weeks ago, my rambunctious little boy destroyed his third piece of clothing in two days, and in a moment of frustration I snapped at him. I huffed about having to get new sweaters and new pants and then we went to change his clothes. I moved on and I had almost forgotten all about this exchange...but he hadn't! What pain had I caused my sweet little boy with my temper tantrum about his clothes?!
Immediately, I got down on the floor with him and drew him into my lap. I told him how sorry I was that I had gotten angry with him and I told him that he was so much more important to me than any piece of clothing, or toy, or piece of broken furniture. I told him that I loved him and then he looked at me with those mischievious eyes, smiled and said, "I know that, Mommy! Can we read a story now?"
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