It is the cutest thing to see your child with a best buddy. Peter has a handful (Liam, Eagle, and Stinky)--but the one he sees most often is "Eagle". This little dude's real name is Soren, but his older brother's insisted that if he was named Soren, they'd call him Eagle. (Soarin' Eagle...do I really need to explain?)
They are two peas in a pod. They fight like cats and dogs at times and then when I ask Eagle who is best friend is (mid-punch) he looks at me unquestionably and says, "Peter." Eagle already knows how to ski and has quite the athletic history behind him with his family, so I'm hoping his skills on the ski hill will rub off on Peter.
The neat thing for me, is that Eagle's mom, Sherri, is one of my heroes. You may have seen her in my recent post about our 5 month 5K, as well as a post soon after Lucy died where she kidnapped me and took me wakeboarding. You know those JJCole Bundle Me things? She invented those and kept the business from sinking when she was 5 months pregnant with her 3rd child and her husband died in a car accident.
She is a step-mother, mother, cook extraordinaire, hardcore athelete, positive person. Eagle is the son of her mixed marriage (her current husband lost his wife to cancer). Eagle has brought both sides of her family together and brought a lot of healing and joy (and hard work). As has Peter, obviously. It is a special thing for me to see these two earth angels playing together and loving each other.