"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see" -Thoreau
Fist of all - I have a love affair with Thoreau. Anyone who knows me knows this. But this image made me think of that quote. At a quick glance this is just a sweet photo of two sisters at the park. But I add so much more in my mind and heart when I look at this image. . . .
I see my oldest daughter who is fiercely competitive. She loves to be the center of attention, the ultimate star of the show. I see her taking center stage here as she sits in the middle of the slide and blocks her sister from reaching the bottom first. And I see my second daughter wedged in next to her. That look on her face? It's not a big goofy Beana grin. It's the face of a little girl who is totally smitten. The face of a little lady who thinks her big sister is the coolest person in the whole entire world. So excited that, in this moment, said big sister is playing with her rather than yelling at her. Oh how she loves her big sister. And usually big sister is way too cool for her baby sister and is frankly is flat out mean. It's such a strange struggle when your momma bear instincts puff up and the person being mean to your baby is. . . your other baby. I usually respond by being a jerk to my bigger baby, teaching her how to be a jerk to her baby sister. I didn't have siblings close in age growing up, but I always envied my friends who did (hence having a bunch of kids back to back). People with siblings will tell you that they used to fight with their sibling all the time growing up. But seeing in first hand stings. GAH if only life and parenting were simple. And if only I could look at this picture and just see two sisters playing at the park.
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