Tonight I noticed a pile of Claire’s toys piled at the top of the stairs leading up to our bedroom. When I approached Claire about the mess, I was expecting some sort of fight, or maybe a look of shame or guilt. But her response surprised me. We had the following conversation, almost verbatim, and without a hint of sarcasm from Claire.
- Pat: “Hey Claire, there are a lot of toys on the stairs. That is pretty dangerous. Somebody could slip on them.”
- Claire: “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have put them there.”
- Pat: “That’s okay. I just wanted to let you know.”
- Claire: “Okay. I shouldn’t have put those toys there. I really should have asked you.”
I don’t normally have conversations that civil with mature adults! I should savor this moment. I am sure we will be back to somewhat less mature exchanges again tomorrow.