These two young children were inseparable, something which is quite unusual at such a young age.
At the age of about three, the nursery split Dan and Heather up and put them in different classrooms. It didn’t go down well at all. The staff had to regularly take them by the hand and ensure one could visit the other’s room at some point in the day.
Now, they are both 7 years old and that bond is still there.
Dan is a typical ‘lad’: loves sport and fighting, hates girls and kissing, wants to impress his mates and has serious issues about kissing his mum at the school gate.
And yet, he still wants Heather at his parties, he still wants to visit her, he still wants to be her friend.
Theirs in a lovely friendship; a bond born of real chemistry and of a shared history.
My daughter has not experienced anything like this. She has acquaintances, people she will play with, people she likes. But nothing like this.
I wonder how many others children grow up with that sort of friendship? And I wonder how long it will last?