Mother’s Day is the perfect time to share one of my favorite things about parenting … watching my children develop a friendship that I hope lasts forever and only grows stronger.
Now, don’t get me wrong. They are just like every other set of siblings with their share of fighting, tattling, and thinking they want to kill each other at times.
But from very early on, they have been friends. As a rule much of the time, they play very well together.
And they are oh-so-protective of one another! My son absolutely hates seeing his sister upset. If she starts pitching a fit or crying because I’ve said no, his typical response is, “Just let her do it!” (Needless to say, he has had to learn to accept the fact that there will be times when his sister will be upset and that does not mean Mama is going to give in because he comes to her defense.)
Since he is the big brother, it normally has been him protecting or defending her. But just recently, the roles reversed.
It went like this …
Big brother had done something that he needed to be punished for. Sometimes when we are in the car and having a “mouth problem” or needing an attitude adjustment, the discipline comes in the form of mandatory silence for a period of time so that we can think over our attitude or behavior.
So on this occasion, we were heading towards the car when the discipline instructions were given. No longer did we get into the car, buckled in and on our way than Little Sister intervened on behalf of Big Brother!
Sometimes they like to play games in the car to avoid boredom. Well, Little Sister has a reputation for being quite smart and on this day that certainly showed in the creation on this day, spontaneously, of her own car game.
I heard, “Raise your hand if you want to be a monster truck driver.” Up shot Big Brother’s hand, and she giggled. “Raise your hand if you want to go up in a cherry picker.” Up goes Big Brother’s hand again... and more giggling.
And Mama just smiled.