01 February 2008

minor altercations

Yesterday Elle* stomped down the hall calling, "Mommmmmmy!" and from the tone of her voice alone I knew she was telling on someone.

I also knew who that someone had to be, since this was smack in the middle of school hours, leaving only one brother at home to pester his little sister.

"Mommy!" she wailed. "He hurt me. He hurt me on my face."

I did the typical mom-of-multiple-children assessment: no blood, no bruising, no crushed skull. She's fine.

"Oh dear," I said. "What happened?"

"He did it." She turned around to point at Em, who had trailed down the hall behind her and was now peeking around the corner in a semi-repentant sort of way. "That boy right there."

I had to press my lips together to keep from laughing. Apparently if you make Elle mad, you no longer have a name, nor are you related to her. You are that boy right there.

With a small amount of prompting, Em apologized and hugged his sister, and Elle, in her chirping little voice, gave him his name back: "That's okay, [Em]!" Then they scampered away in search of more collaborative mischief.

And I thought to myself, if only I could forgive with that much ease and guilelessness. I suppose I could stand to learn a thing or two from that girl right there.

12 comments:

Tonya said...

This is so cute...

I am always thinking the same thing...children don't get the whole grudge thing...I wonder why we have to grow out of that...

Thanks for the smile this morning...

Melissa said...

I had the same thought as tonya - why do we grow out of that? I was the same way as a kid? Somewhere a long the line I learned to hold onto those feelings... I would sit here and analyze, but the fact is, I had 3 hours of sleep last night. And, now I can't remember the point I was trying to make :)

Dedee said...

I too have wondered why and when we grow out of it. Teenage hormones maybe? Love the story.

~love said...

beautiful...i adore that characteristic of children.

she's got some serious spunk...i LOVE it.

Kimberly said...

I could well wish I had that same ability! Ah, the lessons they teach us!

Denny said...

Maybe the key is to be like Em. Semi-repentant and hang around people who can forgive and move on with a simple apology. I don't know about you but I can't seem to find too many of those people.

janae said...

That's such a sweet story. She's so funny. It's so fun to see siblings interact with one another. It would be a better world if we were more like both of them...forgiving and repentant.

Casdok said...

Yes they teach us so much!

Chelsea said...

So funny! I love the way their little minds work:)

My daughter told me today that she would rather call me "Chelsea" not mom. What is up with that?

Chelsea

Chelsea said...

So funny! I love the way their little minds work:)

My daughter told me today that she would rather call me "Chelsea" not mom. What is up with that?

Chelsea

~love said...

beautiful...i adore that characteristic of children.

she's got some serious spunk...i LOVE it.

Dedee said...

I too have wondered why and when we grow out of it. Teenage hormones maybe? Love the story.