On Saturday I took ML and her friend to see the NC Symphony perform Cirque de la Symphonie. We received three free tickets so I let ML choose a friend to take. Her choice was Lily. They don’t know each other well, so I was a little surprised. Recently I told ML, “Lily has a twin brother and wants to join our book club so she can do some stuff with girls.” It must have stuck in her mind. A few cays after the decision, ML informed me she chose Lily because “My brother annoys me sometimes. I’m sure her brother annoys her. She probably needs a break from him.”
The concert was amazing. About two songs in, ML whispered, “This is Like a Dream.” Seeing acrobats flying through the sky on aerial silks; accompanied by the symphony playing Christmas songs is hard to beat.
Below are some recent arrivals. They fit the theme of this post… siblings and flying through the air.
Big Little Mother by Kevin Kling and illustrated by Chris Monroe – The library catalog describes this book as “A four-year-old boy demonstrates what a good teacher his big sister is during her tap dancing class and garners praise for them both.” But’s so much more. There’s a cat whose forced to play tea party, learn piano and receive a celebrity makeover. Early in the book, Kittywumpus decides to fly out the front door. Guess who replaces the cat for the sister’s playtime ideas?
The Nowhere Box by Sam Zuppardi – “Frustrated by little brothers who follow him everywhere and wreck his toys and games, George commandeers an empty washing machine box for an imaginative escape that is free of pirates, dragons, and bothersome younger siblings.” George flies on a roller coaster and rockets to the moon. I love this book because if ML had been a boy she was going to have the moniker, George. Her grandfather, two great-grandfathers, and great-uncle share the name.
My Christmas wish for families with multiple children. May there be peace, love and no squabbling among siblings for at least Christmas day. Pretty certain my brother and I didn’t achieve it in our childhood. Hopefully, yours will.
ML’s only annoyance Christmas morning will be me. When she joins her Dad in the afternoon, her almost two-year-old brother will be there. ML requested make-up from Santa at her dad’s house. Recently, she said, “J is banned from markers, pencils, and crayons until the new year.” I told her “If that’s the case, you will need to find a place to hide your makeup. Or it will end up all over the house.”