Sibling harmony does not occur everyday in our home.
But yesterday was just one of those days where I could sigh and remember that they really do love each other.
Kate has had a difficult week. She has had a more difficult time recovering from this sickness than Sam. He went to school yesterday while she stayed home to rest once again. And she did not have a good day.
When I gave Sam the update as I picked him up from school, I was really warning him to stay quiet and keep his distance from his pre-teen sister. In other words, please don't start anything.
He didn't stay away from her.
Instead, he stayed right next to her all evening and made her laugh with crazy impersonations and silly jokes that are only funny between siblings and teenagers/soon-to-be-teenagers. He never left her side. She had not smiled that much all week - and certainly not all day.
And I was overwhelmed with the compassion I saw.
Sometimes we just need someone to sit next to us. And make us laugh.
God, help me remember this the next time a friend is having a difficult time and I am at a loss for what to say.