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The Sibling Groove

I am an only child. I now have two children, with another on the way. Doesn’t that seem just right? Friends of mine who come from large families swear to not put their children through that, and opt for one, maybe two children. Meanwhile, my friends who are only children also swear to not put their children through that.

I have two, and if it weren’t for my age, my sanity, my vericose veins, and a sad bank account, I would have a bundle more. There is nothing that gives me more joy than seeing Sunshine and Boo play togther, sit and read a book together, yell in each other’s face, or throw dinosaurs and turtles at each other.

I used to BEG my mother to have another child. Mind you, she was single, with me, during her most fertile years, so I was asking her to bite quite a bit off. I distinctly remember sitting outside by myself on the curb outside our new house in our new neighborhood (we moved a lot) and feeling so lonely. So when Sunshine gasps and says, “Boo, PLEASE give me a few moments to myself!” a smile stretches across my face.

This morning they were playing Peter Pan together while I did the morning grind. They were both Peter Pan (who wants to be Wendy, anyway?), flying around the house and singing “Think of the happiest thought, any happy little thought…” I wanted to stop time. But in nine weeks time, Baby will join the clan and I can’t help but wonder how he will fit into their world of Sunshine and Boo.

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