How bad is my timing?
I published a post yesterday with some (not particularly fantastic) pictures I love of S and A playing together, co-operating and sharing as I hope they will throughout their lives.
And then I thought "Oh, it's the Gallery tomorrow. I wonder what it is? I'd better get my post ready."
And of course it's Playtime. So I could just head back to that post, or tweak it and republish it, or something, but that feels like a cop-out (although do go and have a look, the pictures are lovely - or I think so, but then I'm their mother) so I'm not going to do that.
Or I'm sort of not. Here's another one of the pictures anyway, just for the fun of it:
Isn't that amazing? They're 19 months old, and they're sharing, co-operating, playing together. I think that's a twin thing, because I'm pretty certain that L wouldn't have played with another child like that at that age. But, twins or no, that is what I want for all three of them, as they grow up as sisters: to have someone to play with, to share childhood- and, in due course, grown up-experiences with. And when they fight, as they increasingly are doing (there's another post in there I suspect), I just have to sit back and remind myself that they can be like this too...
So anyway, given that that isn't my Gallery entry for this week, here's one of L too because otherwise she doesn't feature at all, and she does, after all, do her fair share of the playing in this house:
She doesn't look like she's playing, but she is and I love that. It forces me to remember that even when they are lolling on our tummies on a Northumberland beach, squishing sand between their fingers, they are still playing, and that although I beat myself up about not playing with them enough; about not cutting up enough bits of sticky back plastic, or making up enough stories, or using enough jumpers for enough goalposts, sitting with my children and watching the sand form little piles between their toes is playing too, and, in its own way, just as valuable.
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