When we were in the waiting room at the doctors' on Tuesday, an older girl of about 8 or 9 years walked in and sat down with her younger sister. Caroline made a beeline for the older girl and sat so close to her that the girl made a "what is wrong with you??" face.
I smiled at the girl and explained that Caroline really likes older kids and thinks they're very cool.
She still looked uncomfortable, so I called Caroline over and said, "You need to give her some space, ok?" She nodded and tried to subtly walk back over.
She sat on the floor, directly in front of the girl. She was about 10 inches away from her. And she looked up in awe at the girl, who was coloring and cutting out pictures in a little craft book (and pretending the little 2 year old gnat did not exist).
I said, "Caroline..."
"What?! I just want to look at her!"