Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy National Sibling Day (a day late)

The worst sound in the world is my kids fighting.
Usually there's no real reason for it. It's just one of those days and it makes me want to either scream or curl up in a ball in cry.
I just want them to love each other!

Though Julie and Johnny have their fair share of bickering and bouts of too-rough wrestling, for the most part they do get along. They both have vivid imaginations, so they love playing house or school or super heroes or sometimes Barbies. (Shhh. Don't tell Scott.)

They look out for each other too. Julie won't let anyone hurt her little brother and Johnny always draws pictures for his big sister.

Sometimes they surprise me with how nice they can be to each other when we're not even looking.
The other day Julie left a granola bar outside Johnny's bedroom door so he would find it when he woke up from his nap. And Johnny insisted on bringing home a mint for Julie from a restaurant we went to while she was at school.

They love sleeping in the same bed, and on special occasions we let them sleep on the floor in a little "nest" together.

Yesterday was National Siblings Day. There seems to be a holiday for every relationship and occasion imaginable, but this is one to celebrate. Your sibling knows more about you than most people, and if you have a good relationship, they truly understand who you are. They will probably be with you longer than any other family member.

I know I'm so thankful for my sister. As kids we didn't get along perfectly, and we still have disagreements at times, but I don't know what I'd do without her. To me, a sibling is like a partner in life.

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