Sometimes I sit back and watch my kids interact with each other. Will she use her allowance to buy her brother some Pokémon cards just because he likes them so? Will he let his very excited little sister accompany him to his friend's house to meet his brand new puppy? Will she happily put on an apron and spend the afternoon baking with her younger siblings? I watch the ways they speak to each other. The ways they resolve conflicts. How often they break out into giggle fits. And the ways they help each other out. Today... I see that my children genuinely like each other. They depend on each other and enjoy their time together. I see them run to each other with exciting news or even not-so-exciting news. I know they have each others' backs. This is what I see today. I can't see into the future. As a parent, one of the greatest gifts we can ever receive is seeing the ever-strengthening bonds of our children well into adulthood.
[caption id="attachment_1589" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="I hope they'll be the best of friends for all of time."] [/caption] I hope that all the time they spend together today as children growing up in the same household – sharing rooms, chores, toys, laughs, fights, moments and memories – will create a bond so strong that nothing can break it.Not their future partners, not their life paths and not their geographical distance. Nothing! I've seen far too many siblings grow up and grow apart, never to speak to each other again. I hope that never happens here. I hope that they always remain the very best of friends, that they always share in each other's accomplishments and that they continue to be each others' rocks. It would make my heart smile.