In first grade, our teacher at Kindred Public School, Miss Sorlie, gave awards to every child in class. A yellow construction paper ribbon, pinned to the bulletin board at the back of the class, highlighted a positive aspect of each of us.
I didn't really understand mine.
"Most Thoughtful." That was nice, I guess, but I was 6. I didn't really get it.
Sunday night, as I tucked my wiggly worm in, I promised her I would stay upstairs and read in our room. "I have a headache, Honey. I'm going to take some Tylenol and finish my book. I've got a new one to start, too. You just go to sleep," I said, knowing she was keyed up and wouldn't stay in her bed without some serious intervention.
After one more, "I just need another hug from you," she went to sleep.
Monday morning, I woke at 9 AM* to my little girl standing at the side of my bed.
"Mommy?" she said, stroking my hair. "Your head still hurt?" She leaned over and kissed my forehead.
Yeah, now I get it. She deserves a thousand construction paper ribbons.
*(Yes, 9 AM!!!! NINE!!!! And she did it again on Tuesday! I'm liking this.)