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I recently had a very proud, somewhat awe-inspiring moment with Zamirah.

Trouble in the Supermarket

We were in the back aisle of the supermarket, and Zamirah (who is now 4) and Zaaryn (2) were both starting to cross that invisible line between antsy and cranky. Zamirah got annoyed at Zaaryn for whatever reason, and walked away from her further down the aisle, with her face scrunched into a very cute scowl and her arms crossed tightly over her chest. So Zaaryn, perhaps believing that Zamirah was annoyed at something other than her, or more likely not really caring, did the sisterly thing, and followed her and stood right next to her, scrunched up frown, crossed arms and all. More flustered, Zamirah walked another 15 feet or so and resumed her position, and Zaaryn shadowed her again. As this went on for a few minutes (and Zamirah would just reverse when she got to the end of the aisle), Zaaryn seemed to enjoy the game, and Zamirah, though agitated, managed not to become overly frustrated. And, also to her credit, when it was over Zamirah let it go in an instant.

This was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and while it’s clearly a case of “you had to be there” and I don’t expect you to be busting a gut as you read this, I also took away a lesson that I wanted to share. The more self-righteously serious Zamirah got, the less seriously Zaaryn (and I) could take her and the situation. If Zamirah was acting out the part of us that stresses over ridiculous, petty stuff, Zaaryn perhaps played the part of our higher Selves, pulling out the rug from underneath, and accessing joy in spite of a situation that seemed to call for crankiness.

So, thank you girls, for making me laugh, and for reminding me not to take myself too seriously. I am grateful for all the lessons you teach me.

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