My Samantha and her “Lou-Lou” have always had a unique relationship. It is a step beyond your typical brother-sister relationship. They are buddies, but it’s more than that. It’s almost like a twin bond, but they are years apart and that still isn’t it.
A recent example of this is the recent discovery that when she wakes in the early morning light, but isn’t quite ready to face her day, she breaks out of her room (There is a baby gate up that she can get past easily but it’s there as a visible boundary that all children need.) and crawls into bed with him until the day begins. Last night there was a fierce thunder-storm and I fully expected her to land into bed with me, but she didn’t. So I went to check, and sure enough it was Luke’s bed she sought safe haven in.
I have always believed that we all have more than one soul mate. Some are meant to be life-long lovers. Some are meant to be life long friends. Some are meant to come in like a force and leave just as fast, but having played an important life changing role in the eye of the storm of their coming and going. I can name a few of mine, I assume I have more to come.
I have truly come to believe that my Lucas and Samantha are soul mates. In a way, they way they act around each other it’s like they are in love, but in a strictly non-sexual way. (Come on, don’t go there.) They just have this love and need for each other that is fierce and knows no ends. They find comfort in each other when scared. He protects her like it’s his sworn duty, not caring that mommy and daddy would be just as happy, nay honored, to protect her. His patience with her is a patience my Lou-Lou is not well-known for. She can get away with things their big brother could never dream of. When he is in deep need of his personal space, and quiet not letting anyone in, there she is by his side. She doesn’t seem to have to ask to be let in, she’s just in. Sure, she may not know the worries of my troubled little boy, but she seems to know how to treat them. Hell, maybe she does know. They’ve shown signs of being able to read each other’ minds. You jest, but we’ve made the hive mind joke more than once around here and it’s eerie at times.
I am curious to see how their relationship forms over the years as they mature, and it matures. However I’m willing to bet it will only get stronger. She may not always need to crawl into his bed when the midnight storms scare her, but I’m betting if she does need to, he’ll simply role over. Then as they’re grown and separated by more than a hallway, well… I can honestly say that thought breaks my heart.
My Sambam and Lou-Lou are one of a kind.