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Well, Now I Don't Know What To Say

Yesterday morning the girls scootered to school and after parking their rides at the bike rack, walked to the school door hand in hand, smiling and chatting with each other about the upcoming day. A teacher passing by looked at them in disbelief and said, "Wow! They how sweet! They look like they actually like each other!"

I smiled smugly and walked my perfect children into school.

After school the girls were models of familial harmony, playing together amicably on the blacktop, scootering side by side all the way home, compromising on every big decision: Who gets to step into the street first to cross it? Which piece of candy from whose candy jar for a treat? And as I watched them, I began to form my next blog in my head, about what a sweet spot we're in right now and how well they get along.

And then we fell apart.

We did well for most of the day, but as it got towards bedtime nerves started fraying. I won't get into details but insults like "Meanie" were flung sotto voce, feelings got hurt, people cried.

And just like that, my blog disintigrated.

So now I don't know what to say, except that right now we're in this really great spot where the girls get along really well, showing kindness and patience and grace to each other.

Except when they don't.

And I guess that's just life.


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