Yay, Maggie did it! She was so glad to hear the girl felt better, even if it was just a little bit. That was still something, and it was better than how she felt just a few minutes before, so Maggie considered that a success. She also felt a little pleased with herself that she had made that difference. And also that she had provided a good enough introduction for the girl - Paola - to mirror the format. She liked that name, and it made her want to ask if she spoke Spanish. Maggie liked hanging out with Emilia Rodriguez because they spoke Spanish together, and that was the only time she ever got to speak it anymore. More bilingual friends, the better!
She appreciated that Paola followed up with questions; they were already on the fast track to getting to know each other and being friends. Maggie loved making friends. “Oh my gosh, I don’t know how to pick a favorite!” she answered. Her favorite animal? That was too tough! “I don’t have any pets - my parents and I used to move around a lot when I was younger so it would’ve been hard to keep one - but my mom’s friend Ika works at the zoo, so my mom and I go a lot. They don’t have any alicorns, though, but they have a bunch of cool animals!”
“You said you can’t have pets at the embassy?” Maggie repeated. “Are your parents, like, ambassadors or something? That’s really cool!”