After a busy day, I tucked Julia into bed and asked her, “What was your favorite part of the day?”
Without hesitation she replied, “Playing with Rebeca!”
Rebeca is friendly little eight year old girl who recently moved into our townhouse complex. Several weeks ago, Rebeca appeared in the townhouse playground and my four year old Julia asked her to play. She agreed and played Julia’s favorite game — ‘monster’ — and chased Julia around the playground. Julia has been fascinated by her ever since.
Rebeca and the other big kids are often out playing and Julia sometimes gets the chance to join in.
But today Julia was ecstatic to have Rebeca all to herself. There were no other kids around and 4 year old Julia was enamored with the attention of her 8 year old hero.
They played simple games — running around and getting messy in the dirt.
It reminded me of Jackson a few years ago. He was about 4 years old and his neighborhood hero was an 8 year old boy named Andrew who also lives in our townhouse complex.
Whenever Jackson came over to play, he’d ask if Andrew was around. Just like Julia, he’d sometimes play with Andrew and a pack of other neighborhood kids, but his favorite days were those when it was just him and Andrew. Andrew would share his 8 year old wisdom and Jackson would drink it in one excited gulp at a time.
What about your kids? Have you noticed your children loving the attention of an older neighborhood friend? Or is one of yours the big hero to a younger child?