Sibling rivalry. It’s more commonly heard about than sibling love.
After watching my 6-year-old daughter and 15-month-old son interacting Monday afternoon, I couldn’t help but marvel at the love that can and does exist between siblings.
Amber was a little upset when she first found out that she was going to have a little brother and not a little sister. She embraced it soon after, and once Jacob arrived and was placed in her arms not even 30 minutes after his birth she was thrilled.
On Monday, the two of them were sitting on the couch. Amber was playing with her V-Smile video game. Jacob would climb over and pull himself up to see the screen by grabbing onto her arm and peeking over her shoulder. Eventually, she turned to him and the two of them were nose to nose, forehead to forehead giggling, talking and laughing at each other.
Amber was also watching the Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb.” For those unfamiliar with the cartoon, Phineas and Ferb are always up to something creative and adventurous, whether it’s, according to the theme song, “Building a rocket or fighting a mummy or climbing up the Eiffel Tower …”
While the two carry out their adventures, older sister Candace tries to “bust” them, harping on her mom to come and see what the boys are doing. Somehow, the objects and scenarios always seem to vanish when mom comes to look.
In this episode, mom finally sees for herself what the boys are doing — in this case, using the family station wagon to build a car of the future. Phineas and Ferb are sent off to a delinquent camp, and Candace savors her triumph.
Eventually, Candace finds herself missing the boys. She thinks back to Phineas’ birth and the day Ferb became part of the family with her mother’s marriage to Ferb’s father. The song that plays as she reminisces contains the lyrics “little brother.”
As the song played, I looked at Amber and Jacob. She was snuggling with Jacob, and told me, “I love my little brother!” That, of course, warmed my heart.
“I hope you’ll always love your brother,” I told her.
Amber is a good big sister. I’m always quick to tell people that. I hope that she always will be, and I hope that Jacob in turn will be a good little brother to his sister.