Mia and I had an argument yesterday morning. A really silly, pointless, upsetting argument.
We made the drive to school almost in silence – she sat next to me scribbling in her notebook like she always does. But this time with no chattering or giggling or sharing.
It really upset me.
As we got to the school gate and I kissed her on the forehead, she said she had something urgent to tell me: As soon as she’s gone into the playground, I’m to get back in the car and read her notebook; look for the last page she was writing on.
I almost skip to the car because I know it’s going to be something that brightens my day; lifts the gloom of the argument hanging over our heads.
She has a gift for doing that; of making a sad moment melt away with a joke or a daft story or a few sentences.
And sure enough it’s a note which reads: ‘I just don’t want you to be upset. SORRY MUM. Love from Mia Grace Tomato Face. See you later’.
After school we come home and she wants us to do something together. And she picks sums. Because that is her happy place.
So we sit at the kitchen table together and think up more and more difficult sums and she has her Concentrating Face on and we’re both happy.
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