Tatum and I spent the weekend recovering. She had been sick, and we truly did nothing all weekend to stay healthy for Monday.
She was given a new water bottle on Saturday to celebrate staying hydrated. Since it was Super Bowl Sunday, she also made sure the water went down since she was actively being a quarterback.
Well, the first thing she did when we got to school was pull out her hydration device and show it to everyone! She couldn’t wait to share it. I think it lost its novelty when no one batted an eye of excitement.
But one thing did occur that caused an eyebrow or two to be raised. When I picked her up, Ms. V mentioned that Tatum went around to all her classmates and kissed them. When asked why she did this, Tatum responded, “I just wanted to show how much I love them.” Ms. V told her that was very nice, but let’s stick to kissing our close family and pet.
Tatum is learning how to handle reactions from others whether it be about disinterest in a water bottle or an innocent kiss on the cheek. She’s navigating how to handle it when others don’t respond with the expected response. All of our hearts experience mini-heartbreaks daily since life doesn’t go the way we think it should. It’s good for her, but as her mom, it’s natural for me to want to shield her from ANY pain. That would be a big mistake. It sure is hard.
Keep being YOU Tatum. God made you YOU. I love you.