Since school started we've had Sophie staying with us. She's a lovely little girl with very long blonde hair, blue eyes and a very pretty smile. So I'm told. She's a little younger than Angela...3rd grade to be exact, and they get along famously. They never fight, and that I can recall she's only gotten in trouble a couple of times. It's hard to get into trouble when nobody can see you.
About 6 weeks ago we said goodbye to Sophie because Maddie came to stay instead. Maddie is a wonderful singer, dancer and actress. I've had to remind Angela a few times that Maddie isn't allowed to go to school with her, so when she gets on the bus she needs to say goodbye. Angela always does with a look of sadness on her face.
Today, unbeknownst to me, Lisa and Carol showed up. But there's trouble with these two! Lisa wasn't here an hour before she broke her leg and needed a cast. That darned Carol was messing around, made Lisa's horse get scared and jump up high, causing her to fall to the ground with a loud thud. I know...because Angela imitated it to show me just how it happened.
So Angela called a meeting. She flipped over a laundry basket, set her camp chair behind it, and banged on the basket. "Yets get dis meeting started folks! Carol? You're grounded! Lisa, sorry...you stay in the hospital for 2 weeks till your leg is better. And Maddie? (I thought she went home!) you go feed the horses please. I'm gonna have a snack!"
So that's that. Order has been restored, bones are mending, horses are cared for, and friends are now getting along. I sure hope the peace lasts around here!
Who said kids with Down Syndrome don't do imaginary play?