Snort and Coconut, forever and ever.



TMD came to playgroup with us; she and Snort were having a great time pushing a little car back and forth on the wooden floor. Of course two other kids join in. The little girl ultimately grabs the car, turns her back and ignores our cajoling to push the car back to Snort – who is, by this time, in Full Heartbreak Mode. Down turned mouth, quivering. A quiet and desperate little cry.

No adult seems to be attached to the Little Toy Snatcher Who Makes My Kid Cry, so TMD and I continue to try to gently encourage her to share. Then Coconut runs up. In .5 of a second she has assessed and evaluated the situation – and ain’t NOBODY gonna make her brother cry.

She marches to the girl, gently takes the car from her, and places it in Snort’s hands. He brightens instantly, the other kid looks puzzled, and Coconut promptly begins to clap for herself and the successful resolution of a crisis.

This morning:

Snort is in the hallway on all fours. He’s on pause, just hanging around outside the bathroom door, stalking TMD.

Coconut’s eyes fall on him. She skips over, jumps up onto his back, straddles him, and cries out ‘HORSE!’ in a triumphant voice.

Snort half smiles, then looks uncertain, then his body collapses under her weight and he begins to cry.


You can’t always win in the brother-sister dynamic.


6 Responses to “Snort and Coconut, forever and ever.”

  1. Megs Says:

    Very funny. This is one of those stories you have to share with them when they get older 🙂

  2. mendylady Says:

    This is an EPIC WIN!!!

  3. mamacrow Says:

    aw! bless her. bless him! Bless ’em both!

  4. tia Says:

    too cute!!!!!

  5. Winnie Says:

    Hahahaha! SO CUTE!

  6. Emily Says:

    Oh my goodness, that is great. My boys have really started to enjoy invading each other’s space with intent of late – and the recipient of the violent affection isn’t always sure how to react. I hope to witness a Coconut-style rescue mission one day soon. Thanks for the smiles.

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