In the long run, Caroline and Patrick will be very good for each other. On a daily basis, however, they...
what. What is it? I guess I could say they challenge each other, although that sounds a bit too euphemistic for my taste; like saying Edward is "tired" when I mean "obnoxious".
Patrick is a nature made ringmaster. A Pied Piper. A creator of games, teller of stories, revealer of mysteries; the phantasmagorical Narrator.
Caroline is... I don't know. Caroline is the warrior witch queen. The original pioneer; a born explorer. Where some toddlers see a shut window leading onto a roof, she saw untapped opportunity. This morning she took my face in her hands and said, "I really really want to learn Greek. Any dialect. I know they have a different alphabet. So... whaddya say?" And then she released my face and lightly punched my shoulder.
I told her that she could use my Rosetta French (author's note: Rosetta Stone is fun, I think, and slightly more useful than the programs that let you play old Atari games on your Mac but in terms of actually learning a language? nah. there are cheaper ways to familiarize yourself with how a language sounds) and if she actually committed herself to studying every day for a couple of weeks I would consider researching how she might learn some rudimentary Greek.
Anyway, when the two of them get together (i.e. every day) there is usually a lot of jockeying for position and it is draining on those around them.
So today was a lovely exception.
PS I have no idea why she is wearing swim goggles on her head.