Those of you who have been reading my blog for any period of time know that my 3 year old daughter, C, has a first cousin named NC (well, she has a number of first cousins, but you get my drift.) C and NC were born only a few weeks apart, and even mothers of actual twins tell me and my sister (NC’s mama) that the girls act more like twins than any non-twins they’ve ever seen.
C and NC are best pals. They are in the same preschool class, and they usually play together all weekend long, every weekend. They almost never seem to tire of one another. Even when they are being fussy with each other, or arguing about something, all it takes to straighten things out is to suggest that they might be separated for the rest of the afternoon. They immediately change their behavior because they would pretty much always rather be together.
What’s really interesting is that the two of them COULD NOT BE more different. And the differences between them have been readily apparent since they were newborns. C is cautious, thoughtful and deliberative, while NC is bold, willing to take risks and full of kinetic energy. Observing their relationship is like watching two sides of the same whole.
My sister shot this video of NC at her big brother’s lacrosse practice yesterday, and when I watched it I thought, “that’s NC in a nutshell.” All the pure energy and joy and willingness to take risks that define my three year old niece are captured in this 20 or 30 seconds. Just watching it makes me happy. The best part is at the very end
NC SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL
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