Quite excerpt. Lots of need. And very thankful to the Justin Daugherty and the whole Sundog Lit crew for making it so. Excerpt? Word.
"I do need to learn how to say, “Are you okay?” more often. I learned
this in family therapy. Apparently, when a child of mine and I are in
the midst of what is otherwise a minor misunderstanding about what
constitutes picking up one’s toys, doing homework, taking a shower,
brushing one’s teeth, turning off the television, clearing the table,
moving the laundry, talking respectfully, and using “I” phrases, and
said child inadvertently trips over a toy or pile of laundry, slips in
the bathroom, bumps into a closet door, bangs their head on a doorknob,
cuts their finger, toe, elbow, knee, or ear, gets a headache,
stomachache, or spontaneously combusts, my tendency is not to respond
with, “Are you okay?” but something less empathic, and possibly in a
voice not deemed sufficiently low, which I am told is not cool, and
something I really need to do, which I will, promise."