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By Michele Chronister, Catholic Exchange, May 1, 2020
Michele Chronister is a wife, and mother to three little girls and one little one in heaven. She received her BA and MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame (’09 and ’11). …
I have three daughters. They are the best of friends (and the worst of enemies, depending on the day). But most unexpected and delightful to watch is the friendship between my oldest and youngest daughters, who are almost seven years apart.
Recently, I was watching them play in our driveway. My older two daughters were riding their bikes around the driveway. My youngest daughter sat on her tricycle, in the middle of the driveway, watching them rapidly circle her. She desperately tried to make her trike move but couldn’t figure it out. I had shown her how to push her foot down on the pedal, but it was hard work and she just could not manage it. She let out a frustrated cry. She wanted to be riding with her sisters, but she was just too little.
As she began to cry, my oldest daughter stopped riding her bike and pulled up alongside the toddler. She began speaking to her in the soft, gentle way that she has of talking to her baby sister. My youngest daughter stopped crying, and she looked up at her big sister. …