Chickie and The Engineer had been having a rough afternoon and evening. She was being particularly disobedient, and he was disciplining her, and they were caught in a cycle that was resulting in frustration for both. I saw Chickie's cuddly mood as being a great opportunity for her and Daddy to mend fences.
"Chickie," I asked, "Do you want to cuddle with Daddy?"
The Engineer, who was washing dishes, very willingly traded places with me. I smiled. Sometimes even half a day of frustration can be resolved with just a little bit of snuggling.
Then Chickie got up, repeatedly stepped on the computer, and was sent to bed early.
Oh, well. The cuddle time was worth a try, anyway.
Freecycle Resolution update:
5. Big, huge painting The Engineer grew up with that we didn't want up in our house.
6. Boppy infant pillow.