How Long Will This Last?

November 10, 2008 by Michelle

This morning at breakfast, Mister Man paused with his fork part way to his mouth and a very serious look on his face.

Mister Man: Mom?
Me: Yes, Sweet Pea?
Mister Man: Next year, I want to use my money to buy some My Little Pony stuff.
Me: Really? Why next year?
Mister Man: When it’s my birthday next year, I want to buy some My Little Pony stuff so that when it’s my birthday I can give them to Little Miss so that she can have presents, too.

My heart melted, and I’m sure yours did, too. Granted, I grew up in a house where my mom always had the “birthday sister” who was also recognized and given presents and celebrated. I have serious reservations about this, as I feel like it contributed to a lot of sibling rivalry. We never learned that hey, it’s not your day. You already had your day where we all focused on you. Now it’s someone else’s turn, and you should be happy for them and celebrate with them. That message was lost, and I don’t want my wee ones to grow up with sibling rivalry.

However, when this is something that spontaneously comes from Mister Man, and it isn’t even him buying her something that he wants to play with, I just hope that this attitude continues in perpetuity.

Even though shortly after breakfast, Mister Man grew frustrated with Little Miss while he was getting dressed and kicked her. So much for sustaining the love.



  • Kori

    Aww too sweet. But with the kicking it looks like this too shall pass.

  • Mrs. Buck

    aw so sweet! I love to see brothers and sisters getting along so well (even if it is only in brief moments)

  • MaBunny

    I too go for the You’ve had your day let someone else have theirs idea. Cute that he thought of that on his own though:)

  • Melissa

    Awe, sounds like your little man has learned the art of compassion from his folks!

  • Michelle

    Kori – Oh, yes… the sweet, too, shall pass. Hopefully it’ll come back again someday though!

    Mrs. Buck – Me, too! I never got along well with my sister (and partly from some of the things my mom did, unintended of course), and I really hope it’s different for the wee ones!

    Mabunny – Yep. My mom didn’t get that and even now wants both of them to celebrate and be equal. No one is equal. We do get things that we want and others want, and they get things we want sometimes. The sooner we’re ok with that, the happier we’ll be. I sound really mean.

    Melissa – Ummm yeah. From us. That’s the ticket! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Swishy

    SO sweet. He will be a good grown-up boy someday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Casey

    Thanks for visiting (and commenting!) on my BATW day!

  • LadyFi

    That’s so sweet!

  • Beth

    That’s awesome! What a sweet story…

  • Kellan

    What a darling brother – how sweet!

    Have a good evening – Kellan

  • Michelle

    Swishy – Ohhh, I can only hope so! I know I’ll have enough trouble with Little Miss.

    Casey – You’re welcome! I hope you enjoyed your day.

    LadyFi – Isn’t it though? He’s a nice kid. If only it stays that way….

    Beth – Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have quite a few that are totally the opposite, so it’s nice to show the positive side sometimes.

    Kellan – Yeah… much better than my sister ever was ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least how I remember it!

  • Weaselmomma

    Mister Man sounds like a real sweetie.

  • Michelle

    Weaselmomma – That’s because I only showed you a snippet ๐Ÿ˜‰ While he’s generally a pretty good kid, he defintely has his moments!

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