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The Good Kind of Competition

Yesterday morning as the girls were getting ready for school, Maddie said, “Hey, Cora, after school do you want to go bike riding out in the front circle?”

This is a complicated question to deal with, because Cora would LOVE to go bike riding, but is a wee bit afraid of her bike. She took the training wheels off in the spring and isn’t as proficient on two wheels as she’d like, so avoids the bike to keep from getting frustrated.

As I expected, Cora said grumpily, “No, I don’t really want to ride my bike. I fall off too much. I’m no good at it.”

Maddie didn’t give up. “Please?” she asked sweetly. “If you come out front with me, I promise I’ll hold your bike for you. Please, may I help you not be afraid of your bike? You’ll have so much fun once you get past that.”

Cora was silent for a moment, and then said rather ungraciously, “I suppose so. I suppose I’ll let you help me.”

Maddie beamed at her. “Cora, you are the best sister in the whole world! Thank you so much for letting me help you ride your bike! I really mean it- you’re the best sister ever.”

Cora, still not quite ready to let go of the grumps, argued with her. “No, I’m not! YOU are the best sissy in the world, not me! Remember how when we’re in the pool and it’s too deep for me to touch, and you hold me up? That makes you the best sissy in the world!”

“Well, but remember how when we’re in the pool you let me teach you how to tread water?” Maddie countered. “That makes you such a great sister.”

Cora thought. “Maybe we’re the best sisters in the world for each other?”

And they both smiled and grabbed hands to walk out together.

If only all days started that way –


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