Claire loves to show off her cute little sister, Molly, to her friends at school. When I pick Claire up from school in the afternoon, she usually says, “Can you go get Molly first?” When I produce Molly a few minutes later, a group of Claire’s friends enthusiastically gather around her. They love to get Molly to repeat their names. Molly quietly works through the crowd, taking a crack at Charlotte, Ivan, Ella, Elke, and all the rest. The girls love when Molly says their name, or even gets close. At this point, Molly remembers some of their names and will say them without prompting, especially Ella and Elke. They also love to hug Molly, and sometimes they want to pick her up, although usually I draw the line there. Eventually Molly wears down from all the attention and has to withdraw to my arms, with her face in my shoulder. Sometimes this affection can be too much all at once.
Claire seems to enjoy this outpouring of affection more than Molly does. Claire is so proud to have Molly as her little sister, and she never tires of showing her off around school.