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.