Last Friday, the girls and I were meandering back to the van after I had retrieved them from the walker dismissal line at the end of the school day. As a little girl and her dad scooted past us, she turned around to look at the girls and then said to her dad, "Those girls are triplets." He replied with a typical parental response. "Oh, they are?" "Yeah," she said, "see how they are all wearing the same coat."
[Note to self - Don't ever purchase the same jackets again. But they were on super end of season sale at the OshKosh outlets.]
I later asked the girls if they knew that little girl. Nope, they didn't.
So we experienced a first last weekend. Allie was invited over to a friend's house for a short play date. It was last minute, which was great because she didn't have time to over-think it and she was a little nervous flying solo. We've gotten to know these parents so I felt comfortable with her staying there alone. Anna and Emily were not happy though. "Why does she get to go over to her friend's house? WAHHHH" Then the next day, Allie went to a birthday party at another friend's house. This was the first 'drop and run' birthday party. She told me she was nervous but once we got inside and she saw her friends, she was fine. (I still stay if the party is in a public place.)
When their friends come over here, they all play together and not because they have to. It just naturally works out that way because they all get along. I certainly don't expect their friends or their friends' parents to think of them as a package deal though. I want them to be viewed as individuals and I know that they want that as well but it's difficult for them to separate themselves, to realize that everything can't always be the same.
At school this week, they are discussing timelines and changes. Anna has a project due next week that involves completing a short timeline with some life events. She was looking through a stack of photos the other day for one of her as a baby, which is the first life event box she needs to populate. Grammy told her that she couldn't use the picture she had picked out because it was of one of her sisters. Anna's response - "Well, my teacher isn't going to know that."