Almost a month after spring break Echo sent this message to Bella via Facebook:
During spring break you were using my favorite towel when we went swimming at the Y. And I got mad at you because I like to use my favorite towel and I said "That's the towel I use!" and I started to rip it off you. Now I regret how I pulled it off you. I just wanted you to know because I don't like the feeling of pulling a towel off someone so I wanted to write you this note. And I am sorry I did that.
It was no big deal for me. I'm sorry I was stubborn. I love you and miss you so much! C u soon!
This towel episode had been weighing heavily on Echo's mind. Sometimes, when falling asleep at night she'd recount it for me, weeping with regret. She was tentative to bring it up with Bella again, too embarrassed to remind her sister of her less than cool behavior, but eventually it got too much for her. Since Bella spends the majority of her school year at her other house we did our best with modern technology. When the return note came through Echo's body slackened with relief and delight. The weight had been lifted.
Days later we were talking about the Lemony Snicket series and the (excellent!) point the book makes about people being neither purely "wicked" nor purely "noble" but rather a mix of the two. Together we talked about actions that we both have taken that might be considered "wicked". Number one on her list was not one of the times she has violently attacked her middle sister but, The Towel Incident.
I'm so glad I have access to this girl's mind and emotions. I'm so glad I can help her release those emotions. And I am so glad for sisters.
Sweet, sweet, sisters.