Not long after arriving in Tirana, we went to a community get together. Little Elephant was just a year old, we were still making friends, and I was keen to have more kid friends for her. I heard that a Peace Corps couple had twins that were just perfect to be friends with my daughter. Perfect! Twins and Peace Corps! Given my history as a Returned Peace Corps volunteer and having had close friendships with the Peace Corps staff in every country I have lived— I was ecstatic. Imagine my disappointment when they rolled in with two babies! Only 5 months old! How could their babies be friends with my budding little girl? I can still remember the deep disappointment I felt. Luckily, 20 months later, they are 2, Little Elephant is 2.5, and they are the best of friends. In fact, given their way, I am pretty sure they would spend every waking moment together. Us parents get along really well too. It is a win all around. Side note, their Mom doesn’t even remember our first meeting— it was still during the haze of babyness.
A tale of friendship