I haven’t posted in a few days. My muse had left me, and I had nothing to say. Very unusual for me. I usually can write about SOMETHING.Then something happened in church today that made me say, “Well, there’s a blog post!”
Today at church, it was just me and the Little Monkeys, AKA The Middle Monkey and The Girl Child. Monkey #1 was not feeling well, so he stayed home.
During the musical offertory (which the choir was not doing, so I was actually sitting WITH the kids), The Girl Child left to go to the restroom and when she came back to the pew, instead of letting her slide past me, I pulled her down on to my lap and started snuggling with her. A very difficult feat these days – one that I know I won’t be able to do much longer – she is getting soooooo tall! Not to be outdone, The Middle Monkey scooted over and put his head against my arm. We were a tight little bundle of bliss, just letting the beautiful piano solo wash over us.
We stayed like that for a bit, when Middle whispers, “I love you, Mommy.” (in that sweet little lispy way) I whispered it back to him.
He whispered, “I love you,” again. So I said it back. That is when he said, “Oh I know, that was for her.” Meaning his little sister.
Everyone all together now… AAAAWWWWWWEEEEEE!!!!!
Ever since they were little little, they have been the most volatile mix to have out together. They are either FIGHTING or getting insanely silly together. Even when they were 2 and 4! But, I don’t think I have EVER heard them say they love each other. Well, maybe when she was a baby and he would kiss her and say it, but not since then. She is usually busy bossing him around and he is blaming her for everything (even this moring getting out of the car at church when he yells, “What did you do with my book?!? Oh…there it is. I put it under the arm rest.”) They are so free with their I Love Yous to me, but not to each other, so this was particularly heartwarming.
I whispered into the Girl’s head, “Did you hear what your brother said?”
“Yes,” she replied. “I love you, too.” She was so quiet I was pretty sure he didn’t hear her, so I asked her to say it again.
And she did. Very quietly.
“What did you say?” stage-whispered Middle Monkey.
“I said I love you, too,” she said – just a bit louder this time.
And then The Middle Monkey with a little twinkle in his eye, states, “I heard you the first time. I just wanted to hear you say it two more times.”
I nearly busted out laughing! I literally was shaking with silent laughter. It was such a big brother move! He says it once – and then has her say it three times. Priceless! Where do they get these things?!?!
They both asked me why I was laughing. I didn’t know how to put it. I just told them to always remember to say I love you. And to mean it when you say it.
By this time, the music was over, and the congregation was about to stand up, so, the Bossy Girl just said, “We have to stand up now. Get up,” and climbed off my lap. The moment was over. Not sure when we will have a spontaneous moment like that again. But, it sure was one I know I will remember for a while.
Silly Little Monkeys.