These two little girls, who have always adored one another, have recently started playing together all the time. We can usually expect bursts of 15-20 minutes of giggles and running around before Cora gets her feelings hurt and someone needs to intervene.
But in the past week, they have amped up their play time exponentially. We're talking hours of racing around, chasing one another, making up sweet little games of "Follow me!" "Now you do it!" "My turn," all set to the tune of the most infectious giggles.
Sweet, unsolicited choruses of "I luh you, Wuuby!" and "I yuh you, Co-wa!" punctuate the giggles. Funny conversations and negotiations keep me smiling as I watch them skip through the house.
For Cora, who has almost always wanted near-constant interaction, most of which had to come from me, this is a big deal. And for Ruby, it is priceless too.
It's making me start to think about how things will go next fall, when Cora goes off to full-day kindergarten. I've been so wrapped up in preparing for her upcoming IEP meeting and working to secure the ideal supports, services and placement that I often forget how very strange it will be to send her sweet little self off five days a week for several hours. I forget how much we will miss her. For me, it will be a big transition, one that I am sure will be accompanied by a lot of tears, but for Ruby it will come as a big shock. Her companion, her sweet silly sister.... her best friend will be gone a lot.
I guess the silver lining is that I will finally get some of the one-on-one time that I so appreciated with Cora and haven't gotten much chance to have with Ruby. But oh, we will miss this big sister girl.
We have a few more months of this precious time. Time to watch these two grow and change, and get ever closer.