They say that you don’t know what you have until it is gone. I think they’re right. At least in our house. At least for today.
We spent our morning as usual… working on school, with little play breaks in between every few subjects. Usually the kids get along really well for these, playing and laughing hard. Not so much today. It seemed as if any time that Kelsey and Dylan spent more than two seconds in one another’s presence there were tempers, tears and time-outs (which didn’t work). Talking about it didn’t work. Losing cherished items didn’t work. Making them sit next to each other didn’t work.
Finally I gave up.
“You can’t stand to be around each other? Alright then you don’t get to be around each other. No more talking to each other, no more playing with each other… in fact, just pretend like the other person doesn’t exist. Dylan, you don’t have an older sister. Kelsey you don’t have a brother.”
Oh the drama. I was a bit unprepared for it actually. Once they realized I was serious about keeping them apart, out came the waterworks.
“I do have a brother/sister!! You can’t make me ignore him/her!”
It was almost like they loved each other after all. Once we got all the attitudes squared away I told them they could be siblings again. For the rest of the afternoon, any time one of them started getting snippy at the other, I heard a hissed out, “Remember what happened before?!” And that, was that.
It’s reassuring to know that they really do like each other after all.