Thursday, September 4, 2014
She got herself dressed. She made sure to put her shoes on the correct feet. She selected her favorite baby to bring along. She smiled her biggest Ellie smile. She told me a silly story and gave me a hug and a kiss. She was happy for her new little solo adventure.
I wonder if she realized how much her relationship with Benett would change today...
Actually, growing up has been something that Benett worries about from time to time. I get that; I can relate. Those unknowns are scary.
One thing Benett has always known is that he has a huge fan in his sister. He's pretty fond of her too...
Up until today, Benett always had more in common with Ellie. They have this funny and special and electric connection... almost needing to be in proximity with one another.
What I wasn't prepared for was how that would change his relationship with is brother and his sister.
Being in the middle isn't easy. I am not a middle child; Monte isn't either. But I can see how it could be tough being in between the trailblazer and the baby. Not old enough to do the same things as his big brother does, and not as needy as the littlest.
A language that is foreign to a little sister.
She missed him today. Her friend at daycare told me as much when I came to pick Ellie up tonight. She was happy to be doing her thing, but she missed him all the same. I'm not sure it was that she didn't have her built-in playmate, that automatic, sure thing... It's that she was missing the person who got her. That person who knew what she was talking about, when nobody else seemed to understand. That person who spoke her language.
When she got in the car and Benett was there, sitting next to her, she seemed to feel relieved. Or so it seemed in my mind.
Tomorrow will be a new day. Ellie and Benett will go off, yet again, on their separate adventures, finding their own way, and with any luck they'll come back together to pick up right where they left off today.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 10:50 PM