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City Sonnet: Day 3. Starts with N. Naughty and nice..

Older brothers are fun to play with and to partner in mischief together. In some ways, brothers influence younger sisters to become tougher. Although there’s a big weight difference between my kids, wrestling and body slams are frequent plays. The other day I asked Elliot what he loves about his sister and his response, didn’t answer my question, summed it up nicely: “I love to annoy her.”

When Ellis was four years old and Elliot six, they were learning how to live in peace together. In tense moments, she’d sigh and say to herself, “Having an older brother is tough.” The older brother would say the same thing about a younger sister, especially one who got extra attention because of her medical condition.

They know how to push each other’s buttons and to love each other as best friends all at the same time. I guess it’s the beauty of sibling relationships. One minute they’re up to naughtiness, and the next is hugs and giggles.

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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    1. I’m learning from them that siblings have special relationships…frenemies. They can pick on each other but if someone else does, then the claws come out. I grew up as the only child so this dynamic is interesting to observe.
      Hope you have a great weekend and it’s always nice to hear from you!!

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      1. Frenemies – what a great word. I remember when my middle child, only girl, beat up an older boy in the neighborhood because he picked on her younger brother. His grandmother came to complain and I told her “Really, your are going to complain because my daughter who is 2 years younger than your grandson beat him up for picking on my youngest son. She just turned and left. I will always remember that. My children are now all in their mid 30s.


  1. What a beautiful window into Ellis’s and Elliott’s relationnship…so intimate and real…your descriptions are captivating, thank you

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    1. Thank you!! These guys have an interesting bond, probably because of how life changed with Ellis’ fragile heart. It’s difficult to articulate; I don’t have s basis for comparison. I guess our bubble life has become our norm.
      Your comments always encourage me…in more ways than you know!! You always believed and told me that I’d sprout my wings to write. Oh I miss our blue table!! xoxoxo


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