Sunday, October 16, 2011


The fact that there is four of them means the alliances and divisions change by the day, sometimes the minute. In general, I know which combinations of brothers tend to get along best. But some days, even those individuals just don't mesh.

Then, there are days when two seemingly different brothers get along famously. Today was one such day.

Almost as soon as they awoke, Cooper and Collin gravitated towards each other. Many a day, those two emerge as compatible as participants on your average reality TV show. But this morning, they eyed each other with pure affection and adoration.

They woofed down breakfast and then meandered into the basement, arm in arm. I busied myself in the kitchen, a little surprised (and disarmed) that the only sound I heard was silence. Periodically, I'd peek downstairs, gazing at two brothers pleased as punch to be playing with each other.

"What are you doing?" I'd asked.

Cooper replied with a grin, "We're having a play date."

I'd sneak back upstairs and enjoy something I haven't done in a long time: actually get a few things accomplished.

A little later, Cooper asked me if they could continue their play date at Chuck E Cheese.

"You can drop us off!" he proposed in all sincerity.

I smiled, imaging my two and four year old prancing around Chuck E Cheese sans mom.

Nice try, I thought while still basking in the serenity of the morning.

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