We’ve been holed up in our house for the last 3 days, suffering from varying degrees of the winter crud. You know how it is. The kids are too sick to go out and play, lest they infect their friends, but they are not sick enough to appreciate the healing powers of rest and quiet. You, on the other hand, are practically dying, yet you power through it in order to make sure everyone is well-fed and entertained. Over in this house, the kids are in an endless state of bickering. Since I’ve already exhausted every method of getting them to stop, and since I’m frankly too tired and sickly to deal with it all, I decided that before I go crazy, I better pull out the paper and markers and enjoy some drawing time. Oh, you thought I meant for the kids? Oh no. Let them fight with each other. I’m grabbing my Sharpie and going to my happy place.
As I was doodling away, I started wondering if my kids would ever learn to love each other. Sometimes, it seems like all they ever do is fight. Then it occurred to me. Why must I always focus on the negative? I must remember all those times they showed great love for each other. Such as that time when…
EXHIBIT A. YEAR: 2008
There is nothing more frustrating than spending a whole 15 minutes of your life meticulously crafting a Play-Doh flower, only to have your 2 year old sister mash it beyond recognition. Come to think of it, I should have been the one crying, because as I recall, I was the one who made the flower in the first place. Nevertheless, it was a crisis, and the two year old tried to make it better. She really did.
EXHIBIT B. YEAR: 2010
It’s called tough love. Deal with it, sista!
EXHIBIT C. YEAR: 2014
There are two ways to exit the vehicle, yet the older kids always seem to choose the path of most resistance, that is, the side where their little sister remains strapped into her car seat. It’s a good thing the little obstacle herself is more than willing to help them out… by putting a nice footprint on their backs.
This was such a reassuring exercise! They really do indeed love each other! I don’t know why I ever doubted it in the first place! I feel so much better already (cough…hack). Well, I guess I should go feed the kids now…