This evening I overheard the following “conversation:”
“Pippi, Mommy and Daddy are going to be leaving and we’ll be gone for a long time. But we love you, and won’t forget you. We will come back. And we will be bringing back two little boys! But you will still be our only little girl!” Perhaps overwhelmed with grief, surprise, or boredom – I’m not sure which – Pippi said nothing.
Really, I don’t think Pippi really understood any of what Alaina told her. But she did seem to be especially eager for all the attention we would give her after that.