"I feel unappreciated and invisible. It was a terrible day!"
She burst into tears and collapsed onto the floor of her room.
I sunk down to my knees beside her and began rubbing her back. "I'm sorry, sweetie."
It hadn't been a great day for me either.
"I love you and appreciate you so much. I'm sorry for not showing it today."
I invited her to lay with me, there on the floor. She cried as I continued rubbing her back until her breaths returned to normal. She lay quietly, head on my arm.
I thought about her toddler days and younger, when just my presence was enough to fix all her problems. It's more complicated than that now. In fact, my presence sometimes creates additional problems.
Tonight our hearts met again, after being separated by the day's stress. When we each bring our fully-present presence I think the problems go away, even for just a little bit.
To know and be known is a lovely reality.