There is just something about siblings. Little 11-year-old Maleik Carr and his 5-year-old sister Jalia are obviously close, so when a pit bull that was loose set upon the little girl, it was her big, brave brother who came to save the day. I just love stories like this.
Maleik and Jalia were crossing a yard when the two dogs came barreling toward them. In order to save his sister, Maleik bore the brunt of the attack and fought the vicious animals off with her chair. It was a harrowing moment for the siblings and also for their parents later.
As any parent of more than one child knows, bickering is a way of life for siblings. My kids can fight over the dumbest things in the world. "This is my window!" my 5-year-old daughter will shout at her brother if his little eyes happen to look across her shoulder out her window in the car.
I spend a lot of time sorting their arguments and telling them that things are just NOT that big of a deal. But when they are close, they are SO close. It's a bond like no other. My two kids would absolutely fight a bear for one another. They're just that in love.
Sibling love is a strange thing and it can't be bought. It's complicated and sometimes fraught and very often doesn't look like what you think "love" should. But when push comes to shove, most of the time, family has your back.
Little Jalia will not forget what her big brother did for her. And neither should any of us parents reading these stories. They are inspiring and sweet and they say a lot about the people in them. But they also encourage parents of more than one child to nurture that closeness, to foster that bond.
Sometimes it can mean the difference between life and death. What a heroic boy and a sweet, sweet story.
Would your kids fight for one another like this?