I took Joshua and Savanna to the nearby park the other day before dinner. Some kids were playing with spray bottles and water guns. While I was standing there chatting with another mom, a kid came up and starting spraying water at me. To avoid getting soaked, I jumped back quickly. I didn’t realize Joshua was standing right behind me, so when I jumped back, I knocked him over and he fell back on his butt and started to cry.
I felt terrible. I crouched down and tried to console him. I said, “Joshua, I am so sorry. I didn’t see you behind me. I jumped back and knocked you over. I am really sorry!”
For the next 3 days, he kept reminding me, “Mommy, you didn’t see me, and you jumped, and you hurt me, and you’re sorry.”