This spring the following conversation took place:
India: The worst part of being on a boat is I have no other teenagers around!
Me: We would be okay with Keely joining us for a year.
… a few minutes pass…
India: Mom, Keely’s parents said they might be okay with her staying with us for a year.
(We love and hate the Internet)
The last thing we acquired before we left Seattle was Keely, India’s friend since third grade. Keely was with us the day we took possession of Waponi Woo and traveled with us from Anacortes, WA to Tacoma, WA. She will be staying with us for the year as we head to Central America and through the Panama Canal.
India has always been an only child and is very competitive. Whenever she does something positive, we tell Keely she is our favorite. India quickly responds by doing something positive… like the dishes. So far, no one has been hurt.