Thanksgiving weekend has been great so far. It’s always nice to have guests and sit down to a great meal. I love the family time that we have due to everyone being home for a few days. However there was one meltdown that occurred on Thanksgiving Day. MJ began crying nonstop after a toy throwing accident. He felt bad about it and apologized but he just couldn’t stop crying. As I was going to be “supermom” and try to help him through it, I stopped in my tracks. I witnessed my 8 year old daughter “taking over.”
She was asking, “MJ what’s wrong.”
She was telling him, “Everything is gonna be ok.”
She was wiping the tears away on his face.
She was hugging him and telling him, “l love you.”
She was actually saying, “MJ let’s take some deep breaths…Breathe in, breathe out.” He was doing everything that she said to do.
She completely handled the situation in the way that I would have. She has been paying attention! I quietly walked out of the room and waited for about 10 minutes before I checked in on them. I was so proud to see MJ calm, not crying, and watching a movie. I wanted to cry for joy at that moment but held it in as I had guests in the house. When everyone left and it was time for bed, I grabbed and hugged my daughter. I told her how proud I was of her. I told her that she really understands her brother. I told her that as a family we always have to take care of each other and love each other. I thanked her for her help that night. She smiled the widest smile and said, “Mommy I love MJ and I wanted him to feel better.”
I went to bed truly giving thanks for my sweet little girl…and finally had that cry of joy.