Our granddaughters are cousins – five year old Charlise is our son’s daughter and two year old Anna is our daughter’s daughter. These two really love one another and they love being together. It’s pure joy to watch how they talk and play and care for each other. They live about an hour apart now and we try to have them spend time together as often as possible.
I love to eaves-drop on their conversations when they’re playing. They play a lot of “pretend” and Anna usually follows Charlise’s lead but sometimes Anna decides to do things her way and Charlise usually obliges. Depending on what the “pretend” game is the conversations vary but generally it’s some variation on Disney Princesses or Dora the Explorer. Most often Charlise is Dora and Anna is Boots, Dora’s faithful monkey friend. Pretty fitting actually – Anna climbs on everything and Charlise likes to wear a backpack.
Yesterday they were playing together in the ‘blow-up’ pool on our patio. Charlise has been taking swimming lessons and was showing us how she can hold her breath and swim underwater. Of course whatever Charlise does, Anna MUST do as well. When Anna put her head underwater she took a big gulp and came up coughing and frightened. She started to cry and immediately Charlise held her in her arms gently and sang very softly “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star…” The two of them held onto each other until the song was over. And then Anna let out a little ‘fake cry’ and the process started all over again – both of them embraced, Charlise singing and Anna being comforted. How I wished I would have had a video camera – talk about your Hallmark® commercial moment”!
But unlike Hallmark® commercials this moment was completely unscripted. And it wasn’t done for attention or approval. It was just one sweet girl cousin comforting her baby girl cousin because she loves her and because she cares. And I was blessed for having witnessed this. These girls will grow up and may grow apart (but please God don’t let that happen!) and they probably will choose different paths. Like many cousins they may have very different lives some day. But for this one brief moment they connected in a way that was so profound it brought me to tears. And I thanked God at that instant for granddaughters that love one another. And I thanked God for parents that have taught their daughters so well. I can’t help but wonder how many times Charlise has been comforted with “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star…” And how good it must have felt in her little heart to share that gift with “Baby Anna”.
Dear God, thank you for our beautiful granddaughters. It’s true that You give us more than we deserve!