My oldest daughter has little in common with my youngest. The four year age difference shows itself on a daily basis. But, sometimes it doesn’t. Those are the moments I live for. The joy in watching these two little angels come together and share something creative and lovely. I could watch these exchanges for hours. I adore the beautiful and fascinating way they are learning to work together.
My oldest daughter is almost seven. My youngest, two and a half. They have so few similarities. One can’t read, the other won’t put down a book. One can tie a shoe, the other can’t put hers on alone. But, they make it work. A quirky and weird relationship that I believe will transcend throughout their lifetimes.
The joy I see when they are together is immeasurable. What I love most is how my younger daughter has kept my older daughter, well . . . young. They can’t chat about iTouches, or video games, or Justin Bieber. But, they can play dolls, cook pretend food, and watch cute cartoons. In a day when girls are growing up far too fast, my oldest daughter is holding on. Mostly because of my youngest daughter. What a blessing.
Our afternoons (post nap) are filled with trips to the park, the occasional visit to a toddler-friendly establishment, and activities for my older daughter. We have so little time for excess TV and technology. I believe this is keeping my older daughter’s innocence prolonged. My older daughter will laugh while watching Max & Ruby. She will mold Play-Doh beside her sister. She will listen to even the most lame toddler book. She really, really connects and cares for her tiny sibling. She gets excited to dress her up in Princess outfits and watch Disney shows with her.
It is far from perfect, but it is our life. Sure, they have fights. My older daughter has locked my youngest out of her room for days at a time. But, the door always opens and the hand always extends to create a peaceful “big sister” treaty.
I love their connection.
I love their bond.
I love the blessing of her baby sister.
Voting is under way for the 2013 Smarty Awards! It’s your turn to shout out to your favorite local businesses. We’ve asked our Smarty Moms and Dads every Saturday for over FIVE years about their favorite things to do around the QC. It’s time to give these businesses some much deserved recognition and let you, Smarty Charlotte, cast your vote. Click here to vote!