Best Buddies

They bicker all the time. Julianna takes Nicholas’s toy. Nicholas falls apart. Nicholas decides he wants what Julianna has, and she gives her howler monkey imitation. Sometimes it doesn’t even require that the toy be taken.

They screech so much and so often at each other that in those moments when they forget they are rivals for all material goods in the house (and Mommy’s attention)—in those moments when they sit side by side enjoying something together—something inside my mommy heart just goes, Ahhhhhhhh.

And when this moment arrives, I turn into a puddle of goo.