Yesterday was a rough day in Caitlyn-land. I don't know all the details but apparently her school day was frustrating, her playdate didn't go quite as planned, and dinner wasn't her favorite.
Lately, she's been exploring note-writing as a way of expressing her feelings. It helps her put her feelings into words in a less-pressured circumstance than a conversation and it allows her a way of getting the feelings out that's more constructive than acting out or breaking things.
It's kinda weird, though, to be asked how to spell "really", "there", "smoke", "head", and "patience" and then to find a note at my space at the dining room table using all those words.
I thought about posting her note, but that seems potentially invasive to Caitlyn. So I'll just say that she used lined paper (but wrote on it sideways), spelled everything correctly, used a capital letter to start, remembered her apostrophes and commas, and included the period at the end.
I'm ridiculously pleased.
Upon finding the note (taped to my placemat with roughly three feet of tape), I found Caitlyn and gave her a hug. Of course, I then ruined things by suggesting we talk about the note, which brought the pressure of actual conversation and polite behavior back into things.
Maybe next time (because I'm sure there will be a Next Time) I should write a note in response. Perhaps our more heated conversations could be more productive if we filtered them through a pen.