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Thoughtful Big Sister

This is a pretty small story from a proud papa of a kind, thoughtful gesture from a little girl to her little brother. It didn’t move mountains or change the world but it did show me how pure and kind a child’s heart can be.

When my 4 year old daughter was younger, long before her brother was born, she was enamored with the Toy Story movies. So much so, Santa brought her Buzz and Woody toys one Christmas. The part she was most excited about was writing her own name on the bottom of their feet like Andy did in the movies. I happily obliged, grabbing a sharpie and writing her name across the bottom of one foot on both toys. Over time she moved on to other toys and other movies and much like in the movie, Buzz and Woody were somewhat overlooked for a period.

When her brother first saw the Toy Story movies, it was love at first sight. If possible, he was even more fixated on them than she had been. He held those Buzz and Woody toys so tightly in his little hands I thought they would snap in half. He never wanted to let them go. While the concept of sharing her toys was new to her and they were still working on reaching peaceful agreements in this area, she never got mad at him for using her toys for the most part. I could tell she was a little more hesitant to part with Buzz and Woody even though she didn’t really play with them anymore. I caught them wrestling over them a few times but she’d usually let him win.

One day as we were getting ready to leave the house she came walking around the corner with Buzz and Woody in her hands and an odd look on her face. “Dad, I have something really important to tell you.” she said and came right up to me. Assuming she was going to tell me she wanted them back, I leaned down preparing my arguments. “Can you get a marker?” “I think we should write Mason’s name on Buzz and Woody’s other foot because he loves them so much.” Boom. Floored. Fighting back the unexpected welling up in my eyes, I hugged her tight and told her that was the nicest thing I’d ever heard anybody ever say. And I meant every word.


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