Wow, at 65 she is still competitive with her brother. Instantly I saw into the future, my own daughter being happy she bested her brother at a challenge. As the mother of a 4 and 2 year old, I routinely find myself asking "who will be the first one with clean teeth?" or "who will get in the car first?" Off like a flash go my two little ones, eager to out-do their sibling. I wonder at times if it is a good parenting technique. Seeing my client's reaction, which evoked a loving yet competitive relationship with a brother that had lasted 65 years, I was content with my decision.
My only hope is that my two kids will know not to wait until they are in their mid-60s to create these important documents.
The author's children, competing to get a better view of the ducks at Peck's Market East in Spring Green, Wis. - M. Gustafson Gervasi, July 2012