By Rebecca Swanson

April 4, 2016


They hold hands when watching something new or big or frightening: waves rolling across the beach, fireworks, the part of the movie where Piglet can’t find his friends. Their heads will press together over a book, a game, a map, a worm. When one gets too close, the other shoves. When one cries, the other worries.

They fight over who gets the pink spoon or the peach yogurt. The loser will get the green spoon, the mango yogurt. If the winner feels guilty enough, he offers up both of the prizes in a sweeping gesture of goodwill; he will cherish the praise from his mother and embrace the smile that peeks out from the snuffling face of the loser who has suddenly found himself winning, after all.

They will talk too loudly, and at the same time. They will scream and yell and try to claim all of the attention. “Mama, mama, mama, look at me!” “Daddy, daddy, it’s my turn!”

But when they are alone and think no one is watching, they will talk in hushed voices. The big one helps the little one drive the train through the tunnel. The little one lets the big one sneak in a kiss, or two, before he delivers a swat or a tackle. The big one giggles, because it doesn’t hurt.

I love you, they will sometimes whisper before sleep, before one more tired kick or push. The little one will ruffle the big one’s hair, and they will sigh.


Image provided by Rebecca Swanson

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This. This is the reason siblings were created.
Jan Priddy at 9:23am EDT - April 4, 2016
And I sighed with them. Thank you.
Beth Howard at 10:48am EDT - April 4, 2016
So beautifully described! My two boys, born a year apart, were close like this.They were always together, and everyone addressed them as nickandmatt,as if they were one.
jeanie roscher at 11:20am EDT - April 4, 2016
Lovely observations, beautifully written.
(As a mom of two boys, now 18 & 22, what I see is that while though those moments change, the moments do continue!)
Lisa C Romeo at 1:48pm EDT - April 4, 2016
Oh, this is lovely Rebecca! So much captured in few words...
TJ Wood at 2:04pm EDT - April 4, 2016
You captured this sweet complicated unique form of love so perfectly! This is my favorite line:
"I love you, they will sometimes whisper before sleep, before one more tired kick or push."
Karen Levine Egee at 6:39pm EDT - April 4, 2016
Brothers, twins in a sense, that shove and pull and bond. Wordless they express every human emotion. Beautifully captured in so few words.
Peggy Lamb at 11:44pm EDT - April 4, 2016
Well said. Good Information. The relation between brother and sister can' be described in one word. It was amazing that we can enjoy with our sibling. No matter how many times we fight with each other, the relation was simply superb. Thank you for sharing such a good stuff. :D :D
lucy jasmine at 5:14am EDT - May 9, 2017

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