Today's picture was not easy to get. Every time Marie sees the iPod, she wants to play with it, not let me take a picture. So there was no pretty hand-in-hand picture like I wanted. Given that things were already blurry, I decided to go ahead and load it up in Pixlr and play around.
The hands in the picture are two of my girls'--Bobbie and Marie. Oldest and youngest.
They are more similar than you might expect, for all that there is about a nine year age difference between them. Because Marie's Erik's child, she is a beginning in and of herself (well, every child is). Because it had been five years since I last had a child before she was born, and because things change so much, I very much felt like a new, inexperienced mom when I was getting ready for her.
Bobbie being such a good person naturally, she is an excellent big sister. It was Bobbie at whom Marie was pointing when she said her first word--"Zizzy!" It is Bobbie to whom Marie goes first, and most happily. (Well, other than me.) It's really something to see the two of them together.