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Yeah, About That

I was cleaning up some dishes, getting ready to finish dinner.  It’d been a glorious, brilliant fall day–like something out of a movie, with a clear blue sky and leaves crumbling underfoot and the smell of someone’s fireplace in the air.  I’d just come in with the girls, where we’d been outside, pushing them on their swings in the backyard.  They were playing together (together!) with some cars and books in the living room, quietly, contentedly. “Hey, Saoirse,” I said, suddenly curious. “Yes, Mom?” “What do you like to do most in the world?  What’s your favorite thing?” “Swinging!” No surprise, there.  I smiled at the two, sitting side by side, rolling the cars around the coffee table. “What’s your least favorite thing?  What do you not like doing at all?” “Sharing.” I looked a little more closely.  Saoirse had taken Quinn’s toy and replaced it with one of her own.  Another moment later would find her throwing a train across the room and hip-checking her little sister away from the…

Sisters

At last. Saoirse and Quinn are finally–finally!–at the point where they will play together, happily.  They’ll giggle, and chase each other around the house.  They crack each other up, and look for the other when one’s not around.   On walks, Saoirse insists on pushing Quinn in her little car, while all the while Quinn cries “Yaaayyyyy!” with each jerk and turn. Yes, there’s screaming, and squealing, and “Mom! She took my toy!” but I’ve realized that if I don’t step in right away they’ll work it out themselves.  What do you know. The other day, I heard SK quietly talking in the playroom, but other than that, there was absolute silence.  I peeked around the corner, and there they were, handing each other some blocks, communicating quietly, working together. What do you know…