Together, Maddie and Katie are the most beautiful contradiction. Maddie is mild, and Katie is bold. Maddie looks to follow the rules, while Katie looks to bend them. Maddie observes, Katie acts.
They make a good pair, Maddie and Kate. They are a lot like Jerome and I. They just go together. They make sense together.
I took Katie for her two-year check up this past week. After the doctor gave Katie a clean bill of health, it was time for her immunizations.
The nurse came in with her tray of needles, cotton swabs, and band-aids. She instructed me to hold Katie’s arms tight, and do not let go. From the gravity in the nurse’s voice, I could tell she was worried that Katie was going to flail about wildly upon the slightest sensation from the needle.
So, I held Katie’s tiny arms as instructed. “Ok, here we go. One, two, three….”
Katie didn’t flail, didn’t budge. But a loud wailing and sobbing soon filled the room. I reached towards Katie, ready to soothe her pain, but there she sat, grinning proudly. “More shot, Mommy?” she asked cheerfully.
Like I said, they are a beautiful contradiction. Katie got a shot, and Maddie cried.