And every visit goes the same.
They are thrilled at the prospect of being together again, then overjoyed to be reunited. They spend the first few days joined at the hip, playing games, doing crafts, watching TV, swimming in the pool.
Then one wants to swim but the other doesn't. One wants to stay up while the other wants to sleep. One wants to watch Disney and the other yearns for MTV.
"Y'all are sisters," I told them more than once during an argument over what to do together. "Not conjoined twins. You don't have to do everything together."
After a few days they are starting to get on each other's nerves, craving some personal space. Ashlee wants to get back home to her boyfriend and Lora wants to play on the computer. Alone.
Finally by the end of the week they are acting like the sisters they are, snarking and starting to fight. And it's time for them to separate again.
But there's always Facebook and cell phones to keep them connected. And they know they will be reunited again. And that is how it will always be.
Submitted to Lovelinks #10