Watching my children interact has become one of my favorite pastimes. There is just something between them, a specialness to their relationship, that is not replicated in our parent-child relationships or in the relationships with cousins and friends.
My daughter Everly is a very busy little girl — I often call her my “bull in a china shop” as she is far from a meek and quiet child. Her trademark move with other kids is a big headlock/hug that she give very lovingly but isn’t always appreciated by space-appreciating toddlers on the local playground. But when it comes to Arlo, she acts very differently.
She gets down on her hands and needs, speaks to him softly, pats his head, kisses him right on the mouth, and hugs him very gingerly. It’s kind of amazing to see, really.She calls him “BroBro” and happily likes to announce, “I Sissy!” She’s very suited to being a big sister.
And the affection is totally mutual. Arlo grins the widest for his big sister. She can always get him to laugh before I can (and I’m well equipped with funny noises and squeaky toy giraffes!) and sometimes, when he wakes from a nap, he will quietly roll towards her with his hands out to touch her face. I’ve seen him just study her and take in her little features.
They are truly each other’s first best friend. Confidants. And it’s been such a pleasure to watch their love for one another grow.