Sunday, October 30, 2011

Startling my Mother Heart

My mother heart caught its breath, stared, wondered, and smiled as I listened to their exchange, then witnessed it with my own eyes. Travis was successfully helping Abby with her Algebra homework!
These two have had quite a history. They can be the best of friends, and then . . . let's just say they know exactly how to "push each other's buttons." Travis' first attempt at helping Abby didn't go very well. Her frustration at not understanding took control and she was in no mood to be teachable. At that point I intervened and insisted she move to a different room and work on her Utah Studies homework for a while until she cooled down.
When that assignment was complete round two began. I sat quietly in a neighboring room listening to their interchange. I was utterly amazed at how well it went. Travis was calm, patient, and perfectly pedagogical. He asked Abby questions to gauge her understanding and rephrased explanations when she didn't get it. Abby did her part too, by listening and keeping her tone in check.
I peeked around the corner and snuck a picture. It was awesome. I love it when the rewards come.





17 comments:

Shannon said...

Love those moments! =)!

Sue said...

What a great moment!

=)

Jenny said...

I love that you were able to capture the experience without interrupting it.

Rachel said...

That is so cool. :)

Valerie said...

What a wonderful thing to get to witness. :)

Dixie Mom said...

Those are precious moments indeed. Ones never to be forgotten. Good thing you have it captured in photograph.

Ann Marie said...

Thanks for giving me a glimpse of hope that this can/will happen in my home someday!

~Lisa said...

Deep down, siblings really do love each other. Having grown up with two brothers, we definitely had our moments of good and bad. But what a sweet moment caught on camera! I'm now you're newest follower. Happy Sunday!

Lara said...

First it startled your mommy heart, and then it melted it, right? It sure melted mine. I LOVE finding my kids helping each other. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Garden of Egan said...

Moments like that are kinda like a tax return huh? Kinda unexpected and wonderful.
That is a great picture. I think I would frame that one.

Deila said...

This is so nice to have down in print and photos. We need these successes when we're moms!

Dean and Sheri said...

Great candid! You captured a wonderful moment...and not just with your camera.

Marianne said...

HOORAY!! What a great moment. They're great kids, Julie--you're going to have so many more of these moments!!

Mom to Many said...

Sigh!

Marvett Smith said...

So glad you were nearby to hear it and even better that you caught some images of it. I love those moments too! :)

Joy For Your Journey said...

Oh that is sweet. I had two who argued a bit and I had to wait until they were both married before I could take a picture like that. Thank goodness those days are behind us!!

How nice of your son to help his sister. It sounds like he is a good teacher.

Kristin said...

OoOooo! Yes a treasured moment! So nice to have a little homework help that doesn't come from the mom :)

Kristin