This is what I found in my bathroom the other day – some toilet paper wisdom left for me by Olivia, my oldest. It’s a quote from Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, which I’m sure you’re all familiar with.
I remember all the love letters I got from my girls when they were tiny. Little handwritten “I love you, Mom” notes, and crayon drawings filled with happy images that often included me. I used to have an entire art wall in my bedroom plastered with this sweetness. Now I have smart (and smart-assed) teens who are still adorable in their own ways, but also mouthy and independent and caught up in their own lives. They certainly don’t revolve around me like they used to. And the love letters are few and far between.
But I still get my love, it’s just teenage-style now. So even though this was written on toilet paper with eye makeup, and it was probably a spontaneous gesture and meant for fun, I’ll still consider it a bit of a love letter. You have to take what you can get.
And the wisdom’s good for all of us. So look in the mirror and repeat after me:
“You is kind.”
“You is smart.”
“You is important.”
Kathryn Stockett and Olivia are both pretty smart sometimes. Write it on your own toilet paper if you like.