A year ago when we were in Las Terrenas, we made friends with Caroli a little six year old girl who lived a few doors from us. Her father is Swiss and her mother Dominican. She speaks both French and Spanish. She often came by with her Dominican cousins. Laura spoke to her in French, she’d translate for the other children.
She and her friends loved to perform for us in the pool. We could see them from the veranda where they’d run around the edges and jump in, always looking to be sure we were looking.
It wasn’t long before she was going on errands with Laura and coming by in the evening to visit us. They became great friends.
Over the summer, Laura bought a condo right next door to Caroli. When she returned to Las Terrenas in December, Caroli became her shadow. She did a drawing for Laura that hangs on our refrigerator. Our two houses side by side.
A few days ago she came to ask when Laura will be here. “Two weeks,” I said.
She jumped up and down clapping her hands.