It’s a funny thing about siblings. One minute they can be fighting like cats and dogs, the next, the best of friends. My boys were apart for a few days this week. The oldest and youngest went to visit grandparents, leaving the middle boy with me. I thought he would love his turn at being an only child, but the truth is, he was pretty lost without his brothers. Eventually he settled in to a rhythm of his own, even mentioned that it was nice playing legos without interruption. But I could tell by the frequency that he brought up the subject of his siblings, he was really missing them.
Yesterday morning, they were reunited and once again, all was right in my middle child’s world. We have often told him that being the second boy out of three is the best spot in the family. He gets to be both a big brother AND a little brother. Watching him with them yesterday he was soaking up every bit of being in the middle. Occasional squabble and all.
As the afternoon crept in, I put my youngest down for a nap and sent the other two outside with a quilt for some reading time, with promises of their favorite lemonade. I could tell from the sound of the giggles floating through the windows there wasn’t much reading going on.
adapted from Sunset’s, The One Block Feast
2 pints strawberries, hulled
3/4 cup honey
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
4 cups water
ice cubes for serving
In a blender or food processor, puree the strawberries and honey. Pour the strawberry puree into a pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and water. Serve over ice.