One night last week, Piper and I were in my room. I was playing on my new MacBook (wow!) and Piper was packing her suitcase to go home to Utah.
"Inky," said Piper. "We've had so much fun together. Whenever I see my panda, I'll remember how you gave him to me on Valentine's Day- and how we went to the National Zoo together."
"I've loved having you here! I wish our families could live closer together," I replied. "I always feel a little lonely after a friend leaves."
"Well," said Piper, "Katia should be arriving any minute now! I kind of wish your Mom would have let us go with her to the airport."
"Me too!" I said. "But Mom said there wouldn't be any room in our little car for Mom, Katia, Katia's mom, all of Katia's luggage- and you and me!"
Piper and I heard a voice call "Hi!" in Russian from across the room.
It was Katia!
"Katiusha," I said, using Katia's Russian nickname, "I'm so glad you're here! Please meet Piper."
"Hello Piper," Katia said shyly. "I feel like I know you already from reading your blog."
"Hi Katia!," said Piper. "I'm sorry we won't get to spend more time together, but I have to fly back to Utah tonight."
I called my Mama into my room, and she took a photo of me, Katia, and Piper all together. It really was sad that Piper had to go home, but I know Piper was really missing her dog (oh! And her parents too!).
Soon, Mom called "Piper! It's time to go to the airport!" Katia and I gave Piper a big hug. She waved good-bye as she left the room.
It's so sad when a friend leaves, but I knew Katia and I would have lots of fun! Where do you think Katiusha and I ended up going on her visit?