My joy for today is my son’s exuberant reunion with his siblings.
When Noah comes in the door, he runs over to Molly, age 2, and gives her a big hug that almost knocks over her tiny little body. They give each other pat-pats on the back while hugging and Molly squeals with delights. Noah then goes over and says hello to our six-month old, Tucker. Tucker kicks his legs with happiness and smiles and giggles. Noah kisses him on the head and then moves on to his next task. This behavior has not come about from any coaching beyond the occasional, “Say hello to your brother and sister” if he gets distracted when first walking in the door. The joy and excitement is all their own, and it takes my breath away.
My four year old and two year old have a wonderful relationship. They get along and play very well together almost all of the time. When Noah is at school, Molly enjoys her quality time with me, but is ecstatic when Noah comes through the door. She is his constant shadow and playmate, even down to the details of when to take a drink or when to swallow at the dinner table. I am really looking forward to seeing Tucker join in their fun. They are sweet friends and hopefully, life-long confidants and companions.
Of course, those with older children may warn that this after-school reunion may wane in excitement at some point. This may be true, since they have only been apart three days a week for a little over two months. But I will choose to savor it for now, and model the happiness and appreciation I wish to see between them.
I am familiar with this type of joy and bond between siblings because I am honored to have two exceptional people for siblings. Even though I am a few years older than my younger brother and sister, I count them as two of my best friends in the world. I had a wonderful childhood with them, and am enjoying adulthood with them even more. One of my most fervent prayers is that my children grow up to cherish and respect each other as I do with my brother and sister. You can look forward to reading more about my amazing siblings, as well as my parents who undoubtedly had quite a bit to do with our splendid relationship, in future posts. Noah’s homecoming today, the sound of their playful laughter, the pitter patter of little feet chasing each other around the living room, and the tenderness of a kiss to a baby is just a prelude to the deeper friendship to come in later years. I can’t wait.