A while ago Skye went to stay the night at a friends house, so that Mummy and Daddy could go out for the evening and stay out late. She was very excited about sleeping at somebody elses house, and was not at all worried that we wouldn't be there for her if she woke up in the night (which rarely happens anyway).
Her friend and the mother were waiting outside when we arrived and Skye squealed with delight and skipped off with her friend, forgetting to even say goodbye to me. As I walked home alone I felt a bit strange, as if I had lost something or left something behind, it felt odd walking through town without a child hanging off my arm.
The evening was a success for all involved. The mother kept me updated with text messages with photos attached, showing me the two little girls sleeping peacefully in bed together, and the next morning standing together dressed in identical clothes. Skye cried when I came to pick her up, saying that she had wanted to stay for ten nights, not just one.
Then a few days later I took her out in the canoe and as we were bobbing around in the bay she sat up straight and suddenly announced:
"Mummy!I know what to do! When we go home you go and get your big suitcase and then I will put all of my pyjamas and toys and clothes in it...and my toothbrush...and then you can take me to my friends house an I can live with her forever!"
"Forever?" I said doubtfully, "but wont you miss Mummy and Daddy?"
"Nah, I'll be OK!" she replied happily.
Feeling a little put out I continued. " But if you lived with them then you wouldn't see Mummy or Daddy at all. Maybe never again! And what about the kittens? You wouldn't see them either."
"Oh, well, maybe I could take the kittens too. Can we do it when we go home? Tonight?"
"So you would be happy to never see me again?" I asked incredulously.
"Yes!" she insisted. She stopped and thought for a few seconds and then quite happily explained why.
" Mummy, you see, one day you will die and go up into the sky, and one day I will die and go up into the sky, so that's OK because it means we can see each other when we're in the sky. OK?"