Lead, Follow, or Step Aside…

November 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm (Ladybug, sisters)

For me, the decision to put Ladybug in Sunshine’s class this year was not even a question.  Of course they belonged together.  Sunshine’s classroom was the classroom that Ladybug saw each and everyday.  Her teacher greeted Ladybug each day like she was a member of the class.  It was only natural that when it came time for her to start school, she start in this class.

Her teacher did not feel the same way.  It took me months to convince her that this would work, that the girls could each be their best in the class, that the older one wouldn’t overshadow the younger one.  And I don’t think she was truly on board.  Until this week.

It was Ladybug’s turn to be the host.  Her turn to choose what snack the children would have that day, to pick a helper who would help her prepare the snack, to arrange the flowers that would make the classroom beautiful.  And Sunshine Could. Not. Wait. to be Ladybug’s helper.  And yesterday morning went a little something like this…

Sunshine: Ladybug, Can I be your helper?  Please?  I really want to be your helper.

Ladybug:  Yes!  We’re going to have cucumbers.  I love cucumbers.

Sunshine:  No, I want to have grapes.  Could we have grapes.  I don’t want to have cucumbers.

Ladybug:  No, Sunshine, we’re having cucumbers for snack today.  If you don’t want cucumbers, I will find someone else to be my helper.

And she did.

And I could not have been more proud.

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On Becoming Sisters…

September 7, 2008 at 12:11 pm (sisters)

We went to the Zoo yesterday.  It was Mei Lan’s birthday, and Sunshine is absolutely crazy about Mei Lan.  Anyways, we didn’t take a stroller.  That’s always such a risk, because you never know who will need the rest time.  Ladybug was amazing.  She walked almost the entire time.  She adored watching the animals.  What was even more amazing was watching Sunshine and Ladybug together.  Daddy and I got to walk, holding each other’s hands, no less, watching our two little girls holding hands.  They walked together, watched the animals together, laughed together.  I know it was fleeting.  They’ll be back to arguing over the Elmo chair today.  But for just a little while, I saw them as I hope to see them when they are adults.  The way I see myself with my sisters.  I love being with my sisters, and I miss them terribly.  I am really enjoying watching Sunshine and Ladybug become sisters together.  

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