Caroline: When will we get Amelia?
Caroline: I’ll go to Mimi and Pal’s house?
Me: Yes, it will be so fun! Mama and Daddy will go bye-bye, and you will play with Mimi and Pal for THIS MANY (holding up 10 fingers) days and nights! THEN, after 10 days, guess who will come home to play with you?
Caroline: (eyes light up) I don’t know!!!
Me: Mama won’t come home yet. Mama will still be gone. Caroline and Daddy will get to have fun all by yourselves! Daddy will take you to school, and tickle you at night, and read you stories…
Caroline: Mr. Chris and Miss Jess?
Me: Sometimes! And Mama will still be gone. It will only be Caroline and Daddy. Where will Mama be?
Me: Yes. And one day, after a LONG time, Mama will come home!! Oh, I will be happy to see Caroline! I will hug you and kiss you and kiss you! (I pause and start to whisper.) And guess who else will come home with Mama?
Caroline: I don’t know! (but she is starting to get a low giggle, knowing exactly what is coming, since we tell this story all of the time.)
Me: (voice excited) Who is Mama going to bring home to our house from Africa?
Caroline: (even more excited, giggles growing) I don’t know!!!
Me: You know. Who is coming to live here forever and be your little sister?
Caroline: (laughing hard) AMELIA!!!
Me: Yes, Amelia! And you are going to play with her, and kiss her, and laugh with her, and hold her!
Caroline: (laughing VERY hard) Her gonna be so HEAVY!!!!