When my daughter was one we lived in an apartment complex where she met her best friend Kiley for the first time. They are only a few months apart in age with Kiley being the oldest. Even though time, a little distance (both families have moved) and busy lives don’t allow them as much time together as they’d like they still manage to let their friendship flourish. They impress me with how mature their friendship is and they’re only 10 years old.
I’ll do everything in my power to assist their friendship into flourishing so when Kiley found out that we were going on vacation for two weeks this summer she said, “I want to go” At first I laughed it off and said, “Your Mom is never going to let you go for two weeks straight” and she said, “Well she’s going to Florida for two weeks. Fair is fair!” and it was left at that.
However, as soon as she left the room my husband said, “You know, that’s not a bad idea if Jenn & Nick would be okay with it...” I just sat there and thought, “First, did my husband just say that? He’s already out-numbered 2-1 and… second, he makes a really good point” Kiley brings a certain calmness to Alexis. I think it has something to do with the fact that she’s an only child and Kiley is just the right amount of “older sister” to her. They are both well-behaved, but Kiley has a certain older sister mentality that really brings out the best in Alexis. So, needless to say, when she’s around — we really enjoy her company.
So, after giving it all of 5 minutes thought I decided to bring it up with Jenn. She and Nick agreed to letting her go with us. Now it was time to tell the girls!
Here’s Alexis’ reaction when I told her the good news…
I can honestly sit here and say that I can hardly wait for our 2015 vacation. I’m thrilled that Kiley is going with us, but more importantly…I’m so anxious to help the two of them make even more wonderful memories together.