We had a bumper sleep the night before and although L woke up at 4:30 he fell asleep within minutes and the first one to stir at 7:40 was little man C. Despite a quick visit to the doctor for me (eye infection), the day just flowed. The kids played outside, Hunter did heaps of DIY, I baked, we all worked in the garden. We all had a rest with a book (although no naps) in the middle of the day and the kids and I made playdough. There was peace and love and a whole lot of nice-ness. Wow, may we hope for more like these.
Our play dough - I let each kid mix their own colour in - and one for me. I truly have a great recipe - check here. It keeps for ages and does not go "off" as it has no oil in.
But the very very best of it all was seeing a small alteration in the sibling dynamics. The Princess and Little man C has always been the best of buddies - mostly because he falls into her girly games of pretend play filled with Princesses, dragons and brave knights. Little man L just does not function on the same imagination and verbal level. He is just always the one left out -the third wheel on the wagon. And my heart aches for him.But yesterday things somehow were different - he and the Princess played with her baby dolls (she very recently "discovered" them) - he has always been fascinated with babies - he loves them. And there, for a while, I saw his imagination come to play. It was such a wonderful moment.
Later the day it got even better - they are all about racing now and I have to shout "ready, steady, go!" a million times a day. So he and the Princess were up and down with their bikes, raving for a long time. Back in the front garden they got their wheels out and a pram and were busy racing again. Little man L kept going to his brother, who was busy sulking a bit, to try and get him involved in their game. It truly warmed my heart.
Dare we hope that he is busy catching up somehow? Dare we hope that his social skills have taken a leap? Dare we hope that we will have a happier, more balanced sibling relationship? I really truly have to. Because we need way more golden days like these.