Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Yesterday, the Door Man and the Chandelier Monkey were playing together for quite some time. They disappeared into the kitchen, and I heard the tell-tale sign of mischief: the refrigerator door opening and shutting. Then some discussion. And then some crying from the Monkey. The crying had the Doppler effect as it started in the kitchen, rounded one corner of the hallway, and the second corner, and then into my room.

I looked at her shirtless torso, milk drops on her chest and mouth, and didn't even have to ask what had happened. However, she felt the need to express her concern in three-year-old speak.

"Milk in cup ... and then I spill ... all over my shirt!"

"I can see that, honey. It is ok. We will take care of it."

The Door Man appeared, and said "I can dress her, Mommy."

At first, I thought it was the voice of guilt. But then I realized it was just the genuine concern of an older brother, wanting to make his younger sister feel comfortable and safe again.

The Man took the Monkey by the hand, led her to the hallway where Daddy had deposited some clean clothes just hours before, and picked out a pair of shorts and a shirt.

The Man was proud of himself, and the Monkey was proud of the Man for taking such good care of her.


Blogger Pass The Torch said...

How sweet is THAT?? They really surprise us sometimes, don't they? I'm so glad you're participating this week!

8:21 AM  
Blogger The "Mind" said...

Aww, that is so sweet.

It's kind of funny how, as a parent, you first jumped to the conclusion of him helping her out of guilt. That is such a mom thing to do. Then again, years of separating them and wishing for invisible forcefields in the car so they can't touch each other at all are what lead to that conclusion. LOL!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Waya said...

I just love all the nicknames you give your children. Such caring son you have there!! Another protective brother like my son.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

That is so sweet! I love it when my children surprise me with unexpected sympathy, concern and kindness.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

That's awesome! Gosh, I hope my two are like that.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Pass The Torch said...

I've decided to give all participants the Pass the Torch Award this week. I'm finding it very difficult to choose a winner because the stories are so excellent!

I've also featured you all in today's Thursday 13.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have so much to be proud of!

10:47 PM  
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