“Disappointment is the feeling of being let down. Disappointment is an emotion that makes people feel uncomfortable.”
“Boy, there’s a lot of feelings that make people uncomfortable,” Ben commented.
We had been reading from a book called Handling Your Ups and Downs (awesome book from the 70’s about feelings) and we had started it mid-way, in the uncomfortable feelings section. But Ben was riveted.
“Guilt is the feeling of having done something wrong. Guilt is an emotion that makes people feel uncomfortable.”
“I love this book!” Ben declared. “Keep going!”
I told him I would read more before bed but he needed to take off his shoes and brush his teeth.
He returned, barefoot, a few moments later. “Mama,” he said, “I have something to tell you. But you can’t get mad at me if I tell you the truth.” I promised him I wouldn’t get mad.
“The reason Nico was wet earlier was because I peed on him.”
“You what?!” I said incredulously.
“You told me you wouldn’t get mad!” he cried.
“You’re right. I’m not mad. But Ben, he was soaking wet from head to toe! What happened?”
“We were in the bathroom and he was sticking his head in the toilet and I pushed him away. Then he hit me and so I peed on him. Please don’t tell daddy.”
I smiled and promised and put him in bed.
Then I told Matt. “You can’t bring this up with Ben, but check this out! I know why Nico was soaking wet earlier. Ben peed on him.”
“He did what?!!” Matt said.
And then we laughed and laughed, harder than I had in a long time.