On Thursday my little sister Rachael came round with her 1 year old baby boy Tommy. It was a beautiful day and we decided to walk down to the park after lunch. I say little sister, but there’s only 20 months between us, so it doesn’t really feel like there’s any age difference at all now that we are older. Being so close in age, when we were young we always did everything together, went everywhere together, and shared a bedroom for a lot of years. We came as a pair when we were little.
Mabel and Greta also have 20 months between them, and when I look at their little relationship, they remind me a lot of how Rachael and I were when we were growing up. I find it funny how the little sister is the more confident one, charging head first into any given situation, as long as she has the security blanket of her more sensible big sister near by. The big sister is a lot more hesitant in new situations, she feels the weight of responsibility on her shoulders, and she’s fiercely protective of her little tag-along friend.
I watched this play out at the park on Thursday afternoon. Mabel and Greta ran off to go down the slide, and I watched them from afar as Mabel held Greta back from chucking herself head first down the slide and into the path of a group of school kids. A couple of bigger boys on scooters approached them and I saw Greta pointing at her big sister ‘that’s Mabel’, she said as Mabel stayed quiet, and then lots of giggling from both girls as the boys scooted off down the hill.
As I watched, it just struck me how I could have been watching myself and Rachael 25 years ago, it felt so familiar.
Ernie had a lovely time at the park too, and even came out of the wrap for his first go on a swing.
Sometimes it bothers me that Ernie doesn’t have a brother. I know he has two lovely sisters, who are going to dote on and mother him for the rest of his life, but for some reason I can’t help feeling that he’s missing out by not having a brother. Luckily he has Tommy, who is only 9 months older, and I can’t wait to see how their relationship develops as they get bigger. Tommy already loves to
bash stroke Ernie on the head saying ‘ahh’, and he tried to feed him some of his rice cake on Thursday, so I’m sure that they will be not only cousins but the best of friends.
The girls simply adore Tommy too, and it was so nice to see him getting involved in some of their games at the park, now that he’s walking everywhere. He seems to have suddenly grown up since he turned one and it wont be long until he’s whizzing down the slide with Mabel and Greta.
It was a really lovely day and made me appreciate how lucky we are to have such close family to have fun and make memories with.
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