You Love Me, You Really Love Me

posted by Momo Fali on December 16, 2011

To put it mildly, my kids don’t get along. I have a daughter, who is about to turn 13 and a son who is 9 (and a half).

As if being, nearly, a teen isn’t hard enough, my daughter has to deal with a little brother who isn’t a typical little brother. Literally. His special needs make him all the more irritating to her. You would think she would appreciate that he can’t hear well, because it’s like a free ticket to yell.

It doesn’t help that my son is as ornery as the day is long. He will drive my poor daughter to the brink and when I get involved he will say, “I was just doing it to get her in trouble!” Push buttons much? He’s just like his father.

Last night at dinner, we were clearly heading toward a sibling blow-up because every time my daughter spoke, my son had something to add; stuff like, “Oh, please! You are such a teen!”

As her expression grew angry after his incessant comments, he knew he had to back-pedal…or so I thought. I saw him lean toward her and put his hand on her shoulder. I thought, for a second, that he was going to apologize.

Instead, he brushed her hair off of her face and said, “Ali, do you know you love me?”


  • Rhea

    So sweet. And hilarious. My boys are 14 and 9…and they can totally push each other’s buttons. But when push comes to shove, they’ll do anything for each other.

    I’ve forgotten how easily it is to get annoying by a sibling (specifically my little sister)…but seeing my boys going at it brings it all back to me!

  • AlisonH

    I want to know what she said back! I hope she laughed. Little brothers. (I’m a little sister and a big sister: fourth of six.)

  • BusyDad

    I think I could put that line to good use myself. Thanks!

  • Tara R.

    My kids are about the same age difference – give or take a month or two. For a long while I thought I would have to building something akin to the Berlin Wall down the center of our home. They are great friends now, but she does live more than 650 miles away.

  • meleah rebeccah

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Who could even argue / stay mad at that?

  • Okie Girl @ Home

    Never fails down thru time, brothers and sisters are arch enemies. It sounded so familiar from a long time ago and made me smile. I’m sure you don’t smile now, but you’ll remember it when they’re adults. Remind them often that soon it will be their turn to take care of their parents when they become senile.
    Bet their jaws drop.

  • mrsmouthy

    I’m just so glad to hear I’m not the only one whose kids do not get along. I feel like all around me I see families where the kids are best buddies, or at least good acquaintances, and mine would pluck each other’s eyeballs out if I left them alone together for 5 minutes. I don’t understand why they’re like that??!

  • Patty at A Day in My NYC

    Isn’t he just the cutest! 🙂 Such a sweet moment and you know the answer will always be yes 🙂

  • Colleen

    Siblings are just so FUN!

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