Friday, April 23, 2010

On why my son is so damned lucky to have a little sister

Of course, there are a multitude of reasons.  Being a little sister myself, I think the occupation doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves.  As a result, I’ll admit there may be some baggage attached to this post.  Be forewarned.

First, she will always play with him.  Even if it’s a game she doesn’t like.  Even if he never lets her win.  Even if he bosses her around the whole time.  She loves him and she will always play.

She tells him on a regular basis that he’s handsome.  Seriously.

Whenever he is feeling low or unsure about himself I can hear him asking her, in a quiet corner of the house somewhere, “Do you think I’m good at drawing?” or “Do you think I’m good at math?”, etc.  and she will always say "yes".

She gets him Band-aids when he’s hurt.

If he’s teasing her and she comes and ‘tells on him’ she quickly realizes that she doesn’t want him to actually be punished.  That’s because if he gets sent to his room, she’ll lose her favorite playmate.

She gives him hugs and kisses.

She cheers for him (very loudly!) at all of his sports events.

She’s never known life without him and she’ll probably spend more time actively engaged with him than with any other person in her life.


  1. I'm not sure that Deanna ever felt that way about me....but we do appreciate our baby sisters more as we grow older. He is a lucky boy!

  2. Karen, this post reminded me so much of what my kids were like when they were your kids' ages. (Are they 3 years apart? Mine are 3.5.) My ex-husband used to worry that my daughter would grow up being subservient to men because she catered to her older brother so thoroughly. (As it turns out, she is extremely un-subservient.)
    Now they are 24 and almost-21, and they are still best friends. They both live in LA and I am terribly jealous because they spend more time with each other than I do with either of them.
    Enjoy this time with them. God, it's over so fast!
    Thanks for letting me remember.


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