Checking to see if their "tea" is ready
Yesterday, as the girls were outside making "tea" out of dead flowers, I found myself with a smile that wouldn't quit and a heart swelling with happiness. They have become the closest of friends.
Now that Olivia is in school in the mornings, Lila spends the morning sulking and whining. But, as soon as we pick Olivia up, she shrieks in delight. They "chat" all the way home. At lunch, Olivia directs Lila to sit down at their "big girl" table. When Lila strays from the table, Olivia will say, "Come on Lila, let's get back to our food."
Lila follows her big sister around all afternoon, after naps. Often, they'll pass by me, purses on their arms, and say, "Bye, Bye, Mommy!" Often times, they are going to the market or "backcamping" (read: backpacking).
When one is still sleeping, the other will ask for her incessantly. Sometimes, Olivia will get so bored without Lila, I'll hear her sneak up stairs, open Lila's door and yell, "Good morning, Lila! How are you today!" Lila is just thrilled to see her sister and the morning gets off to a good start; even if Lila really could have used a bit more sleep.
If they remain life-long best friends, one of my life-long dreams will have come true.