I spanked Anne tonight. All she wanted was her mother. All her mother needed was some sleep. I was able to give neither.
She stopped crying and thrashing around, and went dead silent. Then she touched her bottom with her hand, looked at me and said, "Pain". She did not cry.
I did.
Anne, I'm so sorry.
<strong>Update:</strong> Dearest Anne, later on in the night Mommy accidentally poked my eye. You got out of Mommy's comfortable arms, stood up and kissed my eye then plonked back as you were.
Sweetest girl, in that one moment you have shown so much more character than most people, including myself, have in a lifetime.

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