Being Sisters

From the moment Ellie laid eyes on Nina, she was meeting her new sister. Nina was not just another little girl coming to spend some time with us, Ellie saw her and loved her as a sister. Those first few months were hard on Ellie,  she wanted to love Nina, hug her, play with her, and show her the wonderful world of little girls. Nina, on the other hand, wanted little to do with Ellie. Ellie cried with a broken heart and would often ask, "Why doesn't Nina love me?" Then one day, Nina threw her arms around Ellie and pulled her close. This was the beginning of their relationship, the day they became sisters. It was an exciting and moving moment to watch.

If you were to see Ellie and Nina now, you would see that they are great friends. Sure they fight, they get frustrated with each other and annoyed at times. They grunt at each other and say, "I don't want to play with you anymore!" But every morning we find them together playing family, or strawberry shortcake, or barbies. They color, play babies, giggle, and make up stories. They are sisters.

But this has not been the case with Nina and Nichole. Nichole had a hard time liking the new little girl that came to her family. She did not like the fact that in some ways, because of Nina's mobility issues, Nichole was being asked to be a big girl, and not the baby in our family. Nichole quickly figured out that she could push Nina over easily, or hit her head with a video case (not sure why this was the object of her choice to hit Nina on the head). How we redirected, and how we hoped some day they would like each other.

Just the other day, I heard 2 little girls giggling, and what was my surprise but to find Nina and Nichole playing together. They were sitting in front of a fan with the air blowing their hair and having a great time imitating each other and laughing at the silly faces they made. I smiled, reminded that they do have a merry time before they settle down for a nap talking to each other, laughing, and sometimes playing catch from crib to bed, from crib to bed. They might not play together all day, but they do have a bond together. They are sisters.