I once read a quote that said that just sometimes, quantity was better than quality... and over time, I am learning this to be true. There is something about copious amounts of unfilled time, when the summer stretches out before you, unplanned, unstructured and unaccounted for, that does wonders for relationships, particularly sibling ones. Sometimes, the very best thing I can give to my children is unnumbered, unfilled hours of space... space to explore, to use their imaginations, to develop their own fun. Together.
It has been wonderful to see what huge quantities of hours have done for these little three of ours...
Naturally, the girls still gravitate to one another. Although Jonas is increasingly capable, he is perfectly contented to be left to his own devices (generally crawling around, climbing stairs and seeing what mischief of his own he can get up to), and he is not always the most obedient of playfellows. So most of the time, he'll potter around them while they are completely absorbed in their world of make believe.
Year by year, the summer provides an opportunity for our little people to invest in their friendships with each other again, undistracted by school, routines and busyness and it warms my Mama heart.