Sunday, May 06, 2012
Still Clueless about Women
Amy pulled me aside and offered an explanation. Bedtime is a sacred time for our little girl, a time to snuggle up to her daddy at the end of a long day of being apart and being on the go. When I recoiled from her after feeling her wet hair against me, she - either consciously or subconsciously - took that as a rejection from me of her. That it was physical and visual in nature made it even more shame-inducing.
I felt a little defensive and puzzled, but the explanation made sense and so did Jada's behavior, so she and I had a little talk about it, and I offered my apologies and an affirmation that her wet head was always welcome against my shoulder. I love my little girl and also her wise mother. But I am not looking forward to Jada's teen years - I'm sure this won't be the last time I hurt her out of my cluelessness and insensitivity.