Week 18 – October 5th
I love writing. I love this blog. I love connecting with like-minded parents and learning about their experiences. But I love these kids more… so much more. This week was the beginning of my almost month of checking out – virtually and in my real life. If friends needed me, they called me – otherwise, I didn’t really want anything to do with anyone other than my kids and Daddy D. It was a long month of great opportunity and growth, but I was tired and ready to focus again on my life’s reasons.
Week 18 of The Meaning of Siblings starts with the most adorable picture I snapped of these two cuddling in a chair, reading. Like walking hand in hand out of Alina’s preschool, this sibling photo memory is one that is replicated often throughout this project. It never gets old and I’m proud to be raising readers. Day 129 is almost too much – who else remembers fighting with their sibling over the bathroom sink?! Day 131 was filled with lots of pretend play, tucking babies into bed just like mama and daddy do. I let the kids try on their Halloween costumes on Day 132 and they got into character almost immediately. It was hilarious!
Thank you for loving me always – at my best, at my worst and seemingly even more than you love yourself sometimes. Right now, your mama is the center of your universe. And while I totally do not mind, I want to also remind you to love each other in the same light. Love each other when the other is at their worst, or when you struggle to connect. Be there for one another even when you don’t want. You can’t pick your family, but you are family nonetheless.
While you two got spoiled with presents as both your dad and I traveled for work, there will be no more presents until Christmas. You need my time, my presence, right now – much more than any physical object – and that’s what I plan to give. Just you and me. No phone. No blog. I hope that’s enough for you. Although I already know that it is.
Te quiero siempre,