We all hope our children will get along with each other. Most of us also just want them to get the chance to be a kid amid a world of increased access, evolving speed, and constant digital communication. Immersed in the rigors of growing up right next to someone else, siblings can forge deep connection and of course deep divides. The connection part is gold…especially when it’s analog.
To foster this connection we can read Siblings Without Rivalry but we can also absorb the examples laid out by sibling units in our focus and in our own periphery.
Thankfully every once and a while something easy and authentic pops on YouTube in that periphery. For me, this week it’s the brother and sister, Nathan and Eva Leach, viral video from 2013. When I first watched it earlier this week it had 1M views, now it’s nearing 5M. Something works here. A set of siblings partnering to throw out a duet to the world. I mean in it they just LOOK like siblings! A regular kitchen in a regular life with glances to each other like everyday, regular kin. In typical YouTube form the familiarity, authenticity, and surprisingly beautiful strike is overwhelmingly refreshing in an over-marketed world. My favorite moment comes with the surprise about 2 minutes 45 seconds in and when Eva sings the line:
Baby I need some protection. I’m a kid like everyone else.
We’re all always hoping for a little harmony between our children, The Leach children hit it out of the park here. Although I am reminded this is just a tiny sliver into their lives, I’m thankful for its lesson and its reminders today. Happy Friday.
Megan Wellings says
I’ve not seen this before. Wow. Amazing. Beautiful. As the mother of an only child I am feeling terribly selfish that I haven’t provided a brother or a sister for my daughter. Be it economic or health reasons – I wish I could provide this for her.
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE says
Oh my, but you can provide “sibling-like” friends and family of your own to your child. A dear friend of mine, that I’ve known since preschool, qualifies as family in my heart and mind. In my mind we build the families we want, regardless of blood connection.