Like all siblings around the world or even galaxies, Hassaan and Maryam fight, almost, all the time.
When Hassaan says, “let’s watch Batman,” Maryam feels obliged to say “no, I want to watch ever after high” When they sit in the car, a battle ensues and the winner gets to sit away from the baby sibling. When Maryam shares an idea, which she think is a fact, it is always debated by Hassaan and proven wrong with supporting facts. I think you get my idea (being there, done that, right?). The list goes on.
But what about the poor parents. They don’t know whose kingdom to join: Hassaan, their first Iron born, or Maryam, their first Tygerean daughter. It’s a tough call. Don’t know whose side to take.
This is a life long challenge faced by all the moms and dads. But these days, I have been lucky.
No, Hassaan and Maryam are still living under the same roof ( although at times I have given serious thoughts about a boarding school). They are reading a book together!
Harry Potter to the rescue. Accidentally, and fortunately for me, Hassaan and Maryam, are reading J.K Rowlings books. It’s so peaceful. They talk about it. It’s like a book review. First time ever, I get to witness these two siblings, having a civilized conversation, in which Maryam is not screaming and Hassaan is not teasing and correcting her assumptions.
I knew reading has all sorts of advantages and perks, but siblings enjoying the same series of book, discussing it: music to my ears, priceless!