Among the conversations we have had in the car is one about siblings. Gracie and Lukie are fascinated by the idea of more than two children in a family. They are still trying to grasp the idea of siblings not necessarily being twins. I've had to explain, more than once, about two babies in a mommy's tummy versus one.
We've also had discussions about other ways for children to come to a family. We found our way into a conversation about adoption last week and about foster families. They were very sad about the idea that some children don't have mommies and daddies. They asked a lot of questions about foster families and the children. They were very concerned about homeless children and about them having a place to sleep.
They started asking me a few days ago if they could have a sibling. Specifically, a big sister. I stared at them for a few minutes and then asked why they wanted one. Here's what they said:
"Mommy, we were thinking that we could ask one of the homeless children to come be our big sister. That way, she would have a place to live and we could take care of her and she would have food to eat. She could also take us to the park."
"Mommy, do you think one of the homeless children that does not have a mommy or daddy would like to come live with us?"
Can your heart break while it is swelling with love?