Just in case you don't know what Mentos are... (Mum had to ask :))
They're little round, chewy lollies:
What is it about the situation that's made me grin, all warm and fuzzy thinking about it ever since?! It wasn't their clear respect for what I was saying to them or their obvious resolve never to sneak lollies into Maggie's bedroom again. And I can say with certainty that if I'd found either of them at it alone, I would have been completely unimpressed... okay, a little bit impressed if Ana had gotten them off the high bench and thought to hide and eat them all by herself!! But I loved that they were 'in it together'. I love that it brought back familiar feelings from growing up, and being 'in it together' with whatever sister or brother I was getting up to no good with at the time!! I love that Maggie has Ana firmly under her wing, and is constantly teaching her everything she knows - from colouring in to playing with dolls to sneaking under the table in her bedroom to eat Mentos!!
When I was pregnant with one of our girls, I read in a parenting magazine that came in our Bounty bag (a bag they give you at your hospital appointments, full of samples and advertising and coupons - I love it! :)) an article about the benefits of having a big family. I just tried to Google it but can't find the exact one, but it talked about the fact that even though parents are worried that they won't be able to give as much of themselves to each child if they have many - or even more than one - children gain a LOT from their siblings that you can't gain in the same way, from parents. I love what I see the girls getting and learning from each other, so much!! I feel like the best gift we've ever given Maggie was a little pocket-sized sister to be her best friend, and to play with and get into 'cahoots' with!! And the best gift we've given Ana is a big sister to love and adore her and dress her up and teach her the ways of her world! :)
So I'm sure sneaking lollies will lose it's charm for me if it continues, but as long as these two remain in cahoots (hopefully with more constructive and less deviant plots as they get older!) I think I'll be happy :)