And the little one said "how nice to see you."
It's hard being so far away when friends are so unwell. Back in the summer, we made plans to spend new year here in Lincolnshire, close enough to visit friends we've not seen for far too long.
So when a small girl was poorly and stuck in hospital, we were doubly thankful we'd booked our holiday close enough to visit.
And, as it turned out, we were able to help out. Only in a very small way, by fetching a sibling to spend the afternoon in hospital. But more than we've been able to do from home.
The girls were very pleased to see each other. The boy was pleased to be able to kick them both. And three mums were very very happy to be able to be in the same room together, after a nearly three year gap. Even if it had to be a hospital room.