she sees me crying and puts her hands on my cheeks. turns my head towards her and looks me right in the eye with this confused look on her face. like she could see the pain in my eyes but didn’t understand why it was there. she stroked my cheek with her thumb and hugged me. she grabbed my face again and when she looked me in the eye this time, i swear i saw worry in hers. and i thought “i don’t ever want her to see me like this again, and i don’t ever want to see her this either.” my little girl understood that i needed comfort, and that stroke of her thumb on my face that says “it’ll be ok mommy”. if a 2 year old can do that, why can’t you?