For now, Isaac is content to play the straight man to Charlie's goofball. However, there was a time when Charlie was mellow, too, so it remains to be seen whether they will remain such polar opposites over time.
There's a lot of love and a lot of fun between these two. Charlie approaches big brotherhood with the same enthusiasm he gives to everything else, and no one makes Isaac laugh the way Charlie does. Yesterday, Charlie jumped out at Isaac and screamed trying to scare him. We all held our breath and waited to see if the look of surprise on Isaac's face would turn to tears. Instead, a huge belly laugh ensued, and they did it over and over again - Charlie jumping and screaming and Isaac laughing harder than he ever had before.
I enjoy being the audience as their sibling relationship develops on a daily basis. It reminds me of the long days spent with my sister when we were little - the funny things we said, the games we played, the things we made. I wish that our relationship had been protected and nurtured by adults who appreciated the sweetness and value of who we were together. Without that, we struggled as we got older to maintain the love we had for each other when we were little girls. I know enough as mother to these two how important it is that their friendship continues to grow.