On Saturday, I was getting Leo ready to go for a walk to the mailbox to drop off some letters. His usual hats were in the wash, so I fished out his “baseball cap with earflaps”. I put the hat on him and sat him down on the floor while I got my stuff together.

At one point, I looked over at him, and he was looking up at me. He looked quite hilarious in that cap, so I started laughing. He got a funny look on his face, which made me laugh more.

Then he burst into tears.

Oh, no. I had callously injured my little guy’s feelings! He was inconsolable until Claire picked him up. I felt awful all day. It’s the worst thing I’ve done in a long time.

I have to start being careful about stuff like that.