Shalom Dear Friends,
I have three siblings that can still be called children: Liddy Mae who is 11, Ephraim who is 9 and Chavah who is 5. I would like to share with you a little about them and the things they have taught me.
Liddy Mae was born not long after my 10th birthday. I was so very excited to “finally” have a sister, after having two brothers. I soon found so many similarities between us that I started calling her my 10 year younger twin. I was very protective of her and would help my mom by rocking her to sleep often. She taught me a lot about responsibility, because of how much care and love she required.
As she got older, she helped me to see how important it was to be a good example. She would (and still does) copy so many of the things I did. In recent years, she has taught me to be more humble. It is hard to take correction from one who is much younger than you, but we all make mistakes and if they notice and respectfully tell us about it, isn’t it a good thing? I mean, it shows that they were listening to us when we first told them it was wrong, right? Liddy Mae taught me that it is wrong to get angry at her for helping me do as I teach.
Ephraim didn’t get as much of my attention as a baby. My life had gotten thrown upside down by the confusions of growing up. After he could speak, BOY!! He had (and still has) such an imagination and curiosity about things that it was amazing to talk and play with him. He loved to learn and he helped me learn how to teach and explain in ways a child could understand. The one thing that he has taught me the most, is how to listen patiently. One time, while I was washing dishes, he talked to me about a house he wanted to build, many different kinds of professions he would like to go into and a few machines he wanted to create – for a full hour nonstop!! He likes to come to me with his ideas and questions because I truly listen to him. I enjoy seeing him get so excited when he talks about his plans or when he finally understands something completely. His eyes just light up and send joy right to my heart.
Little Chavah has had a very strong will since birth. That has been a good and bad thing but mostly good. As soon as she could, she has always wanted to help and be a part of anything we are doing. Even before she was 6 months old, she would look at magazines with me. She has helped me to think about things that I never have before. Sometimes she asks about the story behind a story, like, why Cinderella’s step-sisters were mean. She loves to learn too but in a little different way then Ephraim does. It is hard to put into words but it is sort of like she wants to learn so she can be more grown up and he wants to learn so that he can be smarter. She learns and remembers so well; I have to be careful that what I tell her is true.
In fact, she has taught me the importance of integrity, because of her memory and will, she remembers in what I have not been consistent and will not take me seriously in that matter until I become consistent in it. So in my conduct and speech, especially with her, she has helped me to become more consistent and honest. If I was not, our relationship would be harmed and she wouldn’t trust what I say to be true. My parents understand this also and when we tell her Yeshua loves her and hears her prayers, she trusts it to be true. She is now praying for a German Shepherd dog by herself and without fail, trusting God will answer her prayer.
My siblings are a big blessing to me – I love them so very much. Those who say couples should only have a few children because too many children would make them too busy and stressed, do not know what a blessing children raised in Hashem’s love are.
May God bless all of you and your families.