I sat at the table directly in front of the window that looks a the McDonald's fenced in outdoor play structure. I had told the girls we would be able to go eat and that they could play as long as the wanted to. Even though the day was foggy when we woke up, by 11:00 when we left our house, it felt like spring, a perfect day to get some fresh air.
I came prepared with some books. I knew I wanted to be patient, to not rush them, to really let them play as long as they wanted. And they did. Other kids came and left for no longer than about 5 minutes each, more of a waiting for food to come or deciding it wasn't really what they wanted to be doing, rather than one of the main focuses of the day. As such the girls mainly had the space to themselves.
I sat reading and glimpsing up. At times, no matter how interested I was in the book, I just stared out the window, seeing that the play structure was not the only aspect capturing their time. Instead, their imaginations were at play. They would walk around the patio area, creating a different world, acting out their roles.
Time together as sisters - playing, creating, and enjoying time together. Alice got tired first, and Diana didn't complain when she wanted to go (about 2 hours later). We went back home and they continued to spend the day together.