Without going in to lots of details, suffice it to say that yesterday was not an exemplary day for Elise's behavior. School supply shopping quickly disintegrated into "Mom, I want...", "Mom, will you buy me...", "Mom, can I have...", and then escalated into a screaming match in the car between Nina and her. Then, in the afternoon, Nina narrowly avoided an ER trip when Elise threw a stick at her that missed her eye by less than an inch. Nina has a lovely scrape and bruise on her cheek to show for it but thankfully, her eye was spared. Clearly, Elise was not in my good graces most of the day, but it is hard to stay mad when I see these notes.
(You can click on it to see it full-size, or read the text below.)
I am vary sorey we were so noty today. I fell like I shud not be aloud to have deset [dessert] for a week or go out to eat.
Love your doter, Elise
Then, after injuring Nina:
"I am tarible soory that hapend"
I leraned a good lesen NEVER thero stecks.
Here are 2 dolers.
Gotta love how she is terribly sorry "that hapend", and doesn't go so far as to say she is sorry for throwing the stick. My guess is that she is sorry Nina got hurt and that she got caught! Regardless, how cute is it that she gave me two dollars? Love that!
The letter to Nina didn't photograph well, but it said:
I am taribile sory I acidentile bumed [bumped?] you. Here is a nuther marble.
and it had a marble taped to it!
I swear I think this is how children live to adulthood. They drive their parents to the brink of insanity and then do something so incredibly cute that their parents can't help but let them move back in! It is like the toddler who makes you wonder why you ever had children when she throws her cup on the floor 50 times during the meal but then blows you a kiss and says "love you" for the first time just as you are dialing the number to an adoption agency to give her away. It must be some sort of survival instinct... understanding when you've pushed your parent too far, and then making yourself unabashedly cute to save yourself.