One of my favorite moments during the holiday was in the hospital.
After the usual presents, visits with friends and family, too much food, Calvin had his tonsils and adenoids removed two days after Christmas.
You may know we have a long (and fortunate history) with Calvin and Cincinnati Children’s. He went into his surgery like a trooper.
Initially, I think it was harder on Max. My husband told me, “I think he’s a little scared. And why wouldn’t he be?”
At 7, he may not vividly remember his twin’s formerly long hospital stays, but I wonder if it’s embedded deep in his memory.
So, we brought Max to visit Calvin during his overnight hospital stay.
The moment that was so nice was Max’s relief at seeing Calvin and his subsequent head-patting of his twin. “Is his heart ok?,” he asked. “What’s wrong with him?”
Calvin was drugged up but immediately perked up when Max came in the room. Even the nurse noticed. Calvin grinned while receiving the head-pat and cuddle.
This reminded me of the power of twins and the beauty of my kiddos. When Calvin was really ill, it was Max that fortified him and us. It also reminded us that when something happens to one of them, it impacts the other.
And the books
The other moment? Reading, of course! After the thrill of Zoomer kitty and chimp, legos, cars, and sugar, they secretly love their new books.
On Christmas Day, Max and I cuddled up among the chaos of toys and discarded wrapping paper and read The Day the Crayons Came Home by Oliver Jeffers. In this beautiful second book about crayons, Duncan reads letters from his forgotten crayons. Both the story and illustrations are brilliant.
Here are some of our other holiday books this year – tested for you by my favorite first graders.
Both Max and Calvin are venturing into graphic novels. Here’s some that were under our tree:
Happy New Year all! Lots of love and keep reading.
P.S. Calvin is slowly mending.