This month has been a bit of a learning curve for Meg and Eli; we made the decision to start sending Eli to a martial arts class rather than gymnastics, moved Meg to a different gym class and they both got separated into different swimming groups as well.
They don’t do many things after school but they are so used to spending all their free time together that it has been strange for both of them to adjust to doing something without the other one right behind them.
In other ways though it has been nice; Eli only ever really went to gymnastics because Meg did and it became more and more obvious that it wasn’t his forte whereas he’s only been to a couple of martial arts classes and already we can see that it’s much more to his tempo. Likewise with the swimming, Meg is progressing much faster than Eli so they needed a change.
I suppose it made me contemplate the fact that as they grow older and as their differences and interests become so much more pronounced, we might see a bigger gap appearing in how much time they spend together and this tight little unit that we are so used to having around may not be seen as frequently as it is now.
Of course, that is hopefully way off in the future and even as I’m typing this, I can hear the sounds of their laughter drifting up to the study. Star Wars is still very much flavour of the year and all their games involve some elaborately complex storyline where they each take a number of characters and play out one of the films. I have no doubt that this half term is going to be full of pretty much the same game reenacted over and over again.
Meg still very much takes the lead and is often the one watching over Eli, reporting back if she feels he is taking things slightly off track. Eli is much wilder than Meg; where she is cautious, he is impulsive and although it can sometimes lead to disagreements on the whole they balance each other out.
It makes me quite glad that I can now sit and enjoy a cup of tea with the television on a normal channel and know that for at least a short period of time, they can entertain themselves without needing me to step in. However, I’m still waiting for that to happen when we are out and about; I’d love to not have to worry that Eli will have taken himself off to try out something dangerous; which is pretty much a daily occurrence at the moment!