With that, we immediately broke into tearful laughter and she hugged me. We knew there was no way in hell she would EVER separate those boys. No matter how much a distraction they caused.
|Receiving their "Best Friend Award"|
After that first visit, Nixon became a fixture at our house. He came over at least once a week. Plus sleepovers. Not once did I see an argument or a moment of frustration from either of them. At the end of the school year, they got a special award in class. It was the "Best Friend Award" and it was created especially for them.
I knew it was going to get harder after that year. Our families live across the city from each other. The boys were placed in different schools. I wasn't sure they would remain friends if they didn't see each other as often.
But they did. They begged to be together all the time. We had to find a way to keep them together.
And 2 years later, we still find a way to make it work. We have to. These boys mean everything to each other and bring out the best in one another. Nixon has become part of our family. He treats Johnny like a little brother, and not in the teasing, leaving-out kind of way. He affectionately calls (my husband) Tony "Mr.-Crabs-the-fat-man-who-lives-in-his-grandmother's-house", as in:
"Hey Mr.CrabsTheFatManWhoLivesInHisGrandmother'sHouse can I have some chocolate milk?
"Mr.CrabsTheFatManWhoLivesInHisGrandmother'sHouse can we play Wii?"
"Mr.CrabsTheFatManWhoLivesInHisGrandmother'sHouse can we go outside?"
|The Three Amigos at lunch today|
|Best Friend Award 3 years running|