March 05, 2003

Sibling Salad

Our two children will both be in the air this week, flying out of Vermont and North Dakota, coincidentally taking trips at the same time, related to their work or school. In one of those odd synchronicities, both will flying to Philadelphia during the same week, and their trips will overlap on Friday and Saturday. They are planning to spend Friday evening together, brother and sister, as adults.

He is five years younger than his sister, but that doesn't represent the huge power gap that it did long ago. Ann and I spoke of how pleased we were that the kids are making the effort to spend some time together, that they seem genuinely eager to see each other. This despite the fact that they didn't always enjoy one another's company so very much.

Ann and I remembered the one time when we had been away, leaving the kids with a baby-sitter (a neighbor who was only a few years older than our oldest, and we learned later, an accomplice to all sorts of pranks in general and benign abuse to our daughter's baby brother in particular). We came home earlier than expected. The girls had locked trusting and tractable three-year-old Nathan in a wire rabbit cage and were feeding him carrots through the wire.

What if they're sitting in a nice restaurant in downtown Philly on Friday night having dinner. Nate looks down at his salad. His eyes become strangely fixed on the carrot in his salad.

It could get ugly.

Posted by fred1st at March 5, 2003 06:43 AM | TrackBack

LOL! Now those are the 'family values' I remembered practicing with my younger brothers while we were growing up. Benign torture indeed.

Posted by: Jane at March 5, 2003 11:46 AM

How about being tied to the clothesline and then abandoned?

Posted by: Jan at March 6, 2003 04:38 PM

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