we’re at this really interesting chapter of life right now where eleanor and samson, while they are the very best of friends often throughout each day, really know how to bug each other. they’ve learned which buttons to push that really bring out an animated reaction from the other. (conrad still just stands by observing, often laughing at all the wrong moments too, which i think sometimes encourages it. oh, birth order!)
there are parts of the day when i feel like all i’m doing is breaking up some sort of argument about a certain toy and asking them to apologize to one another. i keep reminding myself it comes with the territory of being 16 months apart. i mean, i know how to get at my little sister hannah (we’re 18 months apart) better than anyone else, probably. but she’s also one of my very best friends, and while growing up so close in age was a little bit testy there for a while (especially since we are both girls and both pursued dance, i feel), i’m so incredibly thankful for the experience, and for the things it has taught me, and continues to teach me as we get older.
so the other week, while we were at the playground after dinner working to get out our wiggles, i won’t ever forget looking up and witnessing this simple gesture of sibling love (thank you so much josh for grabbing the camera). while eleanor was capable of crawling across this monkey bar rope type contraption (what is that even called?! aren’t i supposed to know these things as a mother?!) by herself as she’s done it many times before, samson saw it as his duty to stand directly below her with his arms stretched up and out during her entire climb across. he walked underneath her shouting confidently every couple of seconds, “i got you, eleanor! i got you.” (i died.) then, as eleanor made her last stretch of rope and was beginning her climb down, she said beaming, “thank you, samson.” (i was already dead but i died again because hello this makes the chaos and fighting and hard moments between them worth it and proves THEY LOVE EACH OTHER!!!!) and there are plenty of other great little moments like this one, but this was extra special.
i am so thankful they have one another in this life. i know there will be times they will be so annoyed they’ll probably slam doors or hit or say cruel things to each other, but i hope they always have each other’s backs. and as a mother, while conrad is still just ten months and not quite up to speed to hang and play with them as they’d like just yet, i hope their sibling bond is passed down to him as well, and remains strong and powerful there, too. life is hard and people can be mean and sometimes it feels the entire world sucks, but family is strong and loved ones can be supportive and this world is actually a magnificent place to grow and learn and love.
i’m thankful for the little lessons these kids throw my way all freaking day long. it’s an honor to be their mama.