Because I’m tired of my living room looking like Toys-R-Us, and because it seems silly to have 3 toddler beds crammed in a room for two children, I removed the extra bed and replaced it with the train table.
You would have thought I’d made Christmas come early. Here’s a trick... if your kids are sick of their toys, move them down the hall – voilà – what’s old is new again.
Then, having bestowed upon them such joy, at so little cost, I lost myself in the grande ballroom that had been, only moments before, a cramped and tiny living room – the idea of having a fire in the fire place that has been, for the past 3 years, a parking garage, seemed suddenly feasible.
The sound of screams and panting broke through my fantasy. Moments later, standing in their doorway, I found the boys entangled arms flapping wildly, Slap - slap - slap! Grunts and growls accompanying a crying chorus. I managed to pry them apart carefully – never put oneself between fighting dogs – and sat their sobbing bodies side by side.
Four outreached arms pleaded to me in unison, and I stepped back and said “Uh – uhh!’
“Beating your brother is totally unacceptable! You BOTH need to make it better! Now give each other a kiss and a hug, and say your sorry!”
Sob • hiccup • hiccup • sob • snuffle – drag a sleeve across ones nose – they leaned in, wrapped themselves in the others arms, Tizzy pinching Zips face to haul him in for a kiss.
“I’m sauwwy. So sauwwy.”
“I sauwwy too.”
“Oh mama, I’m so sad. I’m feeling angry.”
“I angwy too.”
“Then, I think another hug’s in order.”
Hug - hug - kiss - kiss - Sigh
“So what’s going on? What could possibly come between the two of you to make you behave this way?”
“Took my engine - he took my engine away!”
“My steam engine mama - Oh mama, I’m so very sad.”
I turned toward the bed I’d disentangled them from, and picked up a small train.
“This is what you were fighting over?”
“This is the wimpiest train EVER – why we even still have this , I can’t be sure!”
“BWAAA-Ha-Ha-Ha” their sobs turned to hysteria.
“IZ EN - GIN! Iz Weem-Pee! Ha-ha-ha-ha- Ahhh...”
And that, was that.