Over the weekend a friend came to visit with her daughter, Amalie. Charlie has met Amalie once or twice before, but we've never really allowed them to mix much for fear that he would overwhelm her.
Amalie, however, loves loves loves Charlie, so as the initial frenzy of company abated and Charlie quieted down, we let them mingle and ultimately engage in some supervised play.
It went better than I ever could have imagined! Amalie was wonderful with Charlie -- she understood when to pet him and when to back off, she knew how and when to tell him to "Stop" and "Sit," and she redirected him to his toys when he needed it. Charlie was great with her -- he listened, obeyed (mostly ;) ), and played nicely. I think they both had a blast!
The highlight of the play session was a rousing round of "Chase Charlie" (known by Amalie as "Chase the Charlie"). This is Charlie's absolute favorite game, and Amalie indulged him, chasing him around and around, through the kitchen and back through the living room, again and again. I don't know who had more fun -- Charlie, Amalie, or we onlookers!