We have almost been home with Nora for five month now. Time has FLOWN by! Most of that time she has spent playing with us or her cousin, Luke, who lives across the street. She has gone once to another friend’s house for the day. But today she had girlfriends over to play for the first time. Two sisters, one is 1.5 years older than Nora and one is 1.5 years younger. When we picked them up, they were all timid and shy with one another as they were almost strangers. They have met on two or three occasions, but never played together… hard! As soon as we arrived home, they all went out to the trampoline and the laughter and squealing began. It continued for hours. Sweet music to my ears!
I packed snacks and juice in Nora’s little picnic basket and they had tea on the little yellow picnic table in the backyard as the wind blew their hair all wild. And they talked non-stop. Like girlfriends do. At one point, the dog was bugging them, so Nora came and put her in the house. She poked her head inside the back door, and upon seeing me looking at her, Nora said excitedly, “This is SO fun!” “I know!” I responded, because I DO know! Why didn’t I get her with girlfriends sooner????
(Disclaimer: Nora dressed herself:)
Half way through the play time, I packed the three little girls into the back seat of the van so I could pick up Larisa from work. (Yes, she works now… but that’s another blog.) On the drive home, Larisa and I just sat and smiled as we listened to Nora tell the entire story of the day she got a family. It was so sweet. She didn’t miss a thing! “Mommy way crying. Daddy was crying. Larisa was really hard crying. Keeve was crying. They crying because they so happy. Austin no did crying. And I run to Mommy and kiss her and give her stuffs I make. She hug me. Daddy hug me. I was so happy, but I did no crying.” Melts my heart! It’s the first time I heard her tell the story! She was so proud!
Again I say, we ALL need girlfriends! They simply bring out the best in us!