You’re Mean…I Love You!


Yesterday (and yes I apologize for not writing on my scheduled Thursday!) I was hanging out with my two oldest kiddos. Child #1 hugged Child #2, who immediately struggled to get away. Child #1 then said to Child #2 “You’re mean …I love you!” Now if that doesn’t sum up their entire relationship, I don’t know what does!

From the time Child #1 could speak (at 1 year in complete sentences!) she had been begging me for a sister. “No brothers in her house!” was her demand! I was not in charge of that, but somehow she thought I was!

So, after the devastating loss of a child in utero, I had Child #2, our “rainbow baby.” This refers to a child born after a miscarriage, who would not have been possible if the child miscarried had survived and been born on time.

Child #1 doted on Child #2, born 3 1/3 years after her. She, actually was the reason I stopped breastfeeding Child #2, as the baby couldn’t concentrate when Child #1 came zipping into the room and Child #1 was always zipping!

By the time Child #2 became a toddler, it was obvious that she wanted her own space and did not want to be hugged and slobbered on by her older sister! I actually have pictures of Child #2, chin jutting out, as she glares at her sister for some small infraction! It’s adorable!

Fast forward a few years (o.k. more than a few – several!) and we have the scene from yesterday! Hysterical! I just couldn’t believe it! Some things never change! I so love them both!!!

Published by Rita

I am a single mother, a Christian, a writer, an abuse survivor, a reader, and a friend. I've wanted to be a writer my entire life and now here I am!

4 thoughts on “You’re Mean…I Love You!

  1. Right? At least their relationship! Since I have four kiddos, each one’s relationship with each other is totally different. I find it fascinating that four children from the same two parents can all be so very different – even twins! Amazing!


    1. Yeah. Child #2 is definitely not a hugger, unless it’s her idea. She hugs me all the time. As for her older sister? Yeah. Not so much! That’s ok. I can’t tell you the last time I hugged my sister. She’s not the hugger I am!

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