The Photo Gallery: Red


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.

This post is for for week 134 of The Gallery: Red. The red here is Mia’s school uniform which perfectly matches her fiery temper!
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37 Responses to The Photo Gallery: Red

  1. UleyGirl says:

    And red is for tomato face πŸ˜‰

  2. playspotter says:

    Aw that's great, hope my wee girls turn out as thoughtful as her! Thanks for sharing… and I'm very excited to be the first contributor this week!
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  3. We regularly have horrid mornings like this (11 year old girl in the house!!) and it is upsetting. I often get a little note on my pillow before going to bed, along similar lines. I treasure those 'sorry notes', they are quite special. Hope the evening was better πŸ™‚
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  5. playspotter says:

    Oh boo hoo – can't believe I messed up the link – second attempt should work!
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  6. Notmyyearoff says:

    She sounds feisty and very lovely all at the same time πŸ™‚

  7. Mrs Darling says:

    What a gorgeous thing to do, I hope that my girls will be that thoughtful of me as they grow older. And I LOVE that she scribbles in her notebook on the way to school! πŸ™‚
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  8. Susan Mann says:

    Aww that’s lovely x

  9. I love this post, what a lovely way for her to apologise. Coincidentally I’ve gone for red school uniform this week too.

  10. A lovely Story and way to say sorry <3 x
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  11. onlybestforbaby says:

    That is so sweet and I love 'Mia Grace Tomato Face'!
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  12. How lovely! Love what she calls herself! x
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  13. Aww that is so sweet! I bet it cheered you up no end πŸ™‚ x

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  15. wendy says:

    aww that is so lovely xx
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  16. lauracymft says:

    Aww that is very sweet πŸ™‚
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  17. Lous Lake Views says:

    Aww bless her, girls are so lovely like that, I've got two stinky boys and they would never do something like that! πŸ˜€
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  18. nuttycow says:


    (wow, I can't believe I, hard hearted cynical woman I am, went aww over that!)

    She's a cutie.

  19. Mammasaurus says:

    Ah!!!! Mia Grace Tomato Face!
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  20. fivegoblogging says:

    What a wonderful message and nickname. Thank goodness it was a nice one. Knowing my eldest, I would have got a telling off for being bossy or something.
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  21. HelpfulMum says:

    Great post. I love that she is so into maths. I think I was too around that age. I wish I still was!

  22. Prettygoodlife says:

    That is the loveliest post. It is so real – the details that make motherhood so priceless.
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  23. its nice when they do things like this, and if a note is her way then it is much better than bottling it up. Love the nickname.

  24. familyfourfun says:

    Such a lovely little note, E is always posting sorry notes down the stairs if he's sent to his room :))
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  25. Kara says:

    Love the look of concentration!!

  26. Mother Goutte says:

    It’s so sad to have an argument just before parting ways but how wonderful that she leaves you notes in her notebook! Red as a fiery temper and very full heart? πŸ˜‰

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  27. Francesca Querci says:

    This is so sweet and i love how she calls herself Tomato face.
    Here's my FIRST effort:
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  29. Alison Johnson says:

    I still have a note that I wrote to my mother, as a child, apologizing for an argument we had. Actually it was very similar to the one Mia wrote. It truly makes you realize how alike we all are, underneath it all.. I haven't received a sorry note from my son at this stage, but I daresay it will happen at some point! Anyway – thanks for sharing! I enjoyed the article and she sounds like a real sweetheart πŸ™‚
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