Emma has a lot of heart. Whatever she chooses to do she does it all the way. She's sassy and spirited and stubborn as all get out, but as dominant as those characteristics are to Emma she loves even more fiercely.
This week we made a trip to the library. There was a line at the check out counter and so we were waiting. There was a little boy in front of us standing on the steps. He turned around and recognized Lucas from school. The boy starting talking rather loudly to Lucas. "Hey! I know you. I know what bus you ride. You ride the giraffe bus. I've seen you before." The boy just kept saying this. Lucas finally said,"Um, actually, I don't ride the bus." The boy kept on anyway insisting that Lucas DID ride the bus. Lucas being the good natured guy that he is just let it go. That was not good enough for Emma. Who did this boy think he was talking to HER brother like that? She was ready to pick a fight with a boy who was much bigger than she and standing on the steps he might as well have been a giant! It went a little something like this,"Hey! You can't talk to my brother like that! His name is Lucas and he is 5 years old and he goes to kindergarten and he does NOT ride the bus!!! And he's my brother!!!" I literally had to hold her back and put my hand over her mouth. This was after all the library and she was definitely not using her "inside" voice! Lucas was so embarrassed. Emma was just defending her brother. No way was she going to stand by and let someone say something that was not true about her brother.
Later that same night...
It was bedtime and Molly had been brushing her teeth for a good half an hour at least. We were trying to corral all the kids to the living room to sing and pray. Molly, apparently was still not done brushing her teeth. Daddy picked her up and removed her from the bathroom and set her down in the hall. Molly responded by forcefully throwing herself onto the floor in a fit that we have grown accustomed to lately. (Luckily it only lasts a minute.) I had to laugh to keep from crying in all the chaos of the evening. Emma was also in the hall, but she only heard Molly "fall" and scream and saw her at Daddy's feet. Emma was horrified! "Don't kick my sister, Dad!" Joe laughed. Big mistake! "It's not funny! Why would you do that???" Emma runs to Molly to comfort her telling her everything will be okay. It took some time to convince Emma that Daddy did NOT kick Molly, that he would never kick any of his children. Emma is a good sister. She loves her brother and her sister very very much. So don't mess with them or you will have to answer to Emma!