I'm sure I've said it before in my blog postings but it has really dawned on me now how lucky A and E are. Like any other siblings they do have a tendency to fight occasionally or bite one another but I would say 90% of the time they are devoted best friends.
As we are dealing with our first summer in Israel and each of us taking it in turns to pick up bugs and germs it happened that A had a temperature last Thursday and stayed at home with DH. They dropped off E at nursery, came home and A settled down with a few helpings of Peppa Pig. After around 30 minutes she asked DH if they could go and collect E. DH explained it wasn't time yet and she had to play on her own.
A replied that she didn't know how to play on her own.
And that's when it dawned on me. Unlike other children who grow up learning to amuse themselves from time to time A and E are rarely on their own. At home they are together. At nursery they are in separate groups from each other but surrounded by lots of other children together. There is never a time for them to be alone.
A did get though the whole day without E but asked every half an hour if they could go to nursery and was relieved when she could finally go and collect her in the afternoon.
Then yesterday in a reversal of fate E had to stay at home with a very high temperature. I worked from home so I could look after her. Once she had enjoyed a quantity of Peppa Pig she too wandered over to me and asked if we could go and pick up A now. It was 09.30.
She also wasn't too keen on the idea of having to amuse herself but we managed to get through the day and she too asked every half an hour if we could collect A.
Reunited last night they played a very involved game of a birthday party which involved 14 chairs being put in a circle, with a doll, teddy or animal on each chair and an absolute fair division of role between themselves. They were totally in tune with each other, they both knew exactly what the other one was doing and they giggled their way through the pretend party.
To grow up along side your best friend must be amazing.