Day 8: Sisters Sisters

I helped Maddie get dressed and I combed her unruly curls.  “Please go wake up your sister,” I said to her.  She ran off to Katie’s room while I stayed behind a few moments to make her bed.

Moments later I walked into Katie’s darkened room, but Maddie wasn’t standing beside Katie’s bed like I expected.  No, Maddie had crawled right into the bed and was gently whispering, “Katie, it’s time to wake up.”  I stood silently in the doorway watching as Maddie ran her fingers through Katie’s hair.  Over and over, I watched her hand run the length of Katie’s hair and back again as she stared at Katie’s sleeping face.

It seemed to me to be the most loving gesture in all the world.



I’m writing a Slice of Life Story every day for the month of March as part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. See more at Two Writing Teachers.


30 thoughts on “Day 8: Sisters Sisters

  1. These sweet moments are just the best! You are raising two very loving ladies…they are going to continue to be great sisters. This slice was just the perfect touch of sweetness for my morning!

  2. Children learn from their parents. I’m sure Maddie has seen you do this with Katie, or has felt you doing it to her. To me that is the most beautiful part of this – seeing your child take on your positive attributes. What every mother dreams of, I would imagine.

    • Oh. This thought never occurred to me, but now that you mention it, I have done this hundreds of times to both of them.

      Thank you, Carrie. I’m moved to tears right now.

  3. SO very sweet. I love how you just watched and clearly, she learned it from you. Sweet mama.

    I love it when my older son does something caring and thoughtful for his brother. It really makes you feel better about the future.

  4. Beautiful story! I can tell by reading this that she learned it from you and the example you set. This is one of my favorite parts of watching my children–seeing how they treat each other.

  5. That’s so much sweeter than how my little brother used to (and still) wakes me up if I’m sleeping! 🙂 But I agree, children inherit what they’ve seen. Lucky girls!

  6. You captured this touching moment so perfectly! I’m sure the girls will love to look back and read these slices in years to come…a memory book of word pictures!

  7. Amazingly beautiful. I have two sisters, so this resonates with me loud and clear. Although our version of “loving gestures” usually consist of pinching or pushing each other. But still, very loving 🙂

    How precious!!

  8. Oh my, the sight of it must have touched your heart. I can see it in my head and am overjoyed that they love each other so. It’s because they are so loved, they love in that way. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful part of your life!

  9. I was just going to say that I know how you wake up your girls, then I saw CCahill’s comment. Yes, children learn from the modelling their parents provide. So sweet. And what a gift you have unknowingly given to your girls.

  10. So sweet!! I love getting to see things like that. I witnessed something like that this morning! Our daycare has cameras in all of the rooms. I usually just drop the kids off and leave, but today I decided to stop on the way out and watch them for a second. My 2 yo daughter was just kind of sitting by herself in a chair. But as my 5 yo son was leaving the room (the big kids were splitting off into their own classes), he stopped and looked like he said something to her and gave her a big hug. So sweet.

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