I opened my eyes this morning to another segment of GOOD MORNING AMERICA! Although some mornings, the first thing I see isn’t the greatest of news, and although this one started off no differently, it quickly turned into my feel good story of the day.
Before I share too much, for those of you who haven’t yet seen this, take a look:
Although I have watched this video now around 15 times, the beginning is extremely hard to watch and I shudder each time I see the dresser tipping over. The reason I love this story ever so much, is because of the love I see when this TODDLER saves his brother’s life. At that age, he doesn’t even run off to get help from his parents…NO, he knows that his brother is in distress and he is not going to leave him in that position. I CRIED WHEN I SAW THIS! (Before I move on from the video clip, does anyone else believe that an angel moved that dresser? Think about it…news reports said the dresser was well over 100 lbs. What 2 yr old do you know could move that amount of weight? I rest my case at…an angel was in the room).
Everyone who knows me, know that I am a big proponent of sibling love. In my mind and my world (therefore in my home), there is nothing more important, and there should never be a bond as tight, as that among siblings. In the Jules home, I call it “SISTER LOVE.”
I have raised my daughters to know that when Daddy and I are gone, all that they will have, will be each other. Yes, they have many cousins and other relatives, but in the grand scheme of things, from our little family, it will just be the two of them.
When my daughters were small, I would pray to GOD each day, that he kept my husband and I here (or, at least one of us), until my eldest daughter was of legal age to care for the other, should we not be able to. That way, they’d never have to go into the care of another family member, who may not have raised their kids the way we had raised ours. (And, mind you, I don’t know of one family member who has raised their kids the way mine have been raised). Why was this so important to me? Well, not being under the influence of another’s way of parenting, they’d retain their values and morals which we had instilled in them. Even now, I thank GOD every day for this answered prayer.
So, this is how that drill has played out (and continues to play out in our home):
*There will be no fighting, and should there be, you make up quickly;
*You wake each morning with a “Good morning kiss, and a hug”
*You go to bed each night after a “Good night kiss, and a hug”
*She should be your maid/matron of honor in your wedding, and you better be the same in hers;
*If you become a millionaire, she better become one, too;
*If you have, she should never be in need
*Never, ever put anyone before your sister.
(I’ve used the word better above, because I’ve also drilled into them that if these things don’t happen and I’m not here, I’ll be coming back to haunt them in the worst way possible!…LOL)
My daughters are almost ten years apart in age and people have always asked, more-so now because they are adults, “How did you get them to be so close?” Well, did you just read all that information I shared above? These were, and continue to be daily mantras coming from my mouth, and going into their ears. They probably hear me saying these words even when they’re sleeping. Again, this is how I have raised them since the second daughter came along, and if you want your children/grandchildren to be close, you should stress the same…always.
As The Good Mommies Mommy, I always stress that #Consistency is key.
To close, I hope you will take my advice and do the following…if you haven’t spoken to your own sibling(s) today or even in the past 30 years, now would be a good time to pick up the phone. Go on, reconnect…learn to love each other again. It’s never too late. Let them know, and make them feel, that should the dresser ever tip over and fall on top of them, you, even in your old age, will somehow FIND the strength, to save them.
I’d love to hear about your sibling relationships below. Your story just might help another connect or reconnect with their own sibling(s).
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