6.0 Times Two

I could sit and listen to the two of them talk for hours. They go from idle chatter to fighting to laughing to arguing to happily playing together. There are injuries and hurt feelings every day, but most of all they love each other and would rather be together than apart. These two boys have grown into the best of friends and I love watching their relationship grow with them.

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They like building things and knocking them down. Chasing each other and falling down. Watching each other play a game and cheering each other on. Above all they love playing Ninja and Jedi – Star Wars is a constant and anything they can hold can become a light saber.

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Last week we were at a friend’s house and I was watching them play with the group of kids on the trampoline. I saw Wyatt sitting in the middle of the trampoline and he was crying. And then Ruslan crouched down and hugged him and talked to him and then rolled on top of him and they were both laughing. Hugs one minute and wrestling the next – that sums up their relationship.

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Instead of waking me up first thing in the morning, they wake up each other. And then they find something to do together. They have become the constant companions that people told me about.

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A few weeks ago Ruslan and I were walking across a parking lot hand-in-hand. I asked him if he had to turn 6 or if he could stay 5 forever. He was quiet for a moment and then told me that maybe he could stay 5-1/2 and then he continued, “but I am going to keep getting bigger even if I don’t turn six and I will be the biggest 5-1/2 year old that there ever was.” I squeezed his hand and told him that it would be okay if he turned six.

Happy Birthday Ruslan and Wyatt!

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