Yesterday morning, first thing: Jake & Ellie were up, sitting on the sofa & sipping their morning milk as usual.
The Mummy & I were both briefly upstairs.
There was a commotion downstairs: shouting, crying; you probably know the sort.
The Mummy was ‘indisposed’ so I was first on the scene…
Jake was crying, & when I asked him why he said: “She pushed me, & hit me in the eye!”
“Ellie, did you hit Jake?”
“Why did you do that?”
“He hit me!”
“Jake, did you hit Ellie?”
“Yes! But…but…she wouldn’t let me play with…..<insert toy name here>!”.
“But that doesn’t mean you should hit her, does it?”
I eventually managed to establish that Ellie had a toy that Jake saw as his, he tried to take it, she resisted…yadda yadda yadda…crying & shouting. And that Ellie didn’t mean to hit Jake on the eye.
So I did the usual “Jake, I want you to say ‘sorry’ to Ellie” & “Ellie, I want you to say ‘sorry’ to Jake”, along with some “I’m sure Ellie didn’t mean to hit you in the eye; it was an accident”, sort of thing.
There was some Resistance. Feelings were running deep.
I must have been under some sort of inspiration, as I’d only just emerged from slumber & hadn’t had so much as a sniff of caffeine. First thing in the morning I’m generally doing well if I can remember my own name. Maybe I’d had an illuminating dream, I don’t know!
I said to Jake: “Jake, why don’t you just go over to Ellie & say you’re sorry? You love her, don’t you? And she loves you. She’s your friend. I’m sure she didn’t mean to hurt you”; and the same to Ellie.
They responded! Jake first, smiling as he said “Yeah”, then sidling over to Ellie.
They both said sorry to each other, then embraced & kissed. I’m sure I heard an “I love you” or two as well…
A real ‘Magic Moment’.
I’m linking up for the first time with Jaime’s ‘Magic Moments’ blog-hop on her “The Oliver’s Madhouse” blog. For more Magic Moments just click the pic:
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