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Her Brother’s Keeper

May 5, 2011

Sigrid Unset says poignantly in  Kristin Lavransdatter, “Bare is the brotherless back.” Uncle Carl says: “Timid is the twinless toddler.”

I don’t know how some little boys manage without a twin sister.  If Charlie didn’t have Elisabeth, who would give him instructions as we drive around in the car:

Elisabeth: “Charlie you have to sing the ABC’s now.”

Charlie: “A, B, C, D, …..”

And who would get right in his face and repeat everything we say loudly (as if he’s deaf)?

Me: “Charlie, please don’t throw Legos.”

Elisabeth (very loudly, in his face): “Charlie YOU MUST NEVER, NEVER THROW LEGOS.”

And who would express his preferences for him?

Elisabeth: “Oh, yes, please Mom, the twins like that!” (Charlie nods).

Not to mention the courage they seem to gain to tackle feats of great daring and stand together when facing the music (for example “Parenting Failure“).  It must be a great comfort to always have a twin by your side.  Or in your face.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Beth Saavedra permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:28 am

    Precious photo!

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