The girls are rarely apart. Rarely. Occasionally I'll take one to the grocery store with me and the other will stay home, but that's pretty much it.
So last week, I decided to send one to choir alone, and keep the other with me. I was just curious to see how they would do without their other half.
At first, this idea was not well-received. Before I could even explain it, they were both in tears. "But I don't want to be by myself! I wanna be with my sister!! I'll miss her!"
But I did it anyway.
Catherine went to choir alone last week, and Grace got to stay with me and pick something fun to do. Just the two of us.
This week, Grace went to choir alone, and Catherine and I spent time together.
Surprisingly enough, neither had a major meltdown. Or even a minor one. I think Catherine might have been a little sad last week, but they were both fine this week.
Last night, Catherine and I dropped Grace off at the church before heading out on our own. As we turned to leave the room, Grace caught up with Catherine to say goodbye. They hugged and kissed and each one told her sister that she loved her and she'd miss her.
Grace and I had a great time last week, and Catherine and I had a blast this week. They both told me how much fun they had alone with me.
But as much fun as we had together, they were delighted to see each other again once our time was up. And the whole way home, they talked like they'd been apart for days!
And what did each of them choose to do with Mommy? With endless possibilities, they both chose...Target. I guess the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree!