The most awesome thing which was agreed upon by everyone was that Irfan and Alya were friends almost from the get go. Even when Alya was grumpy, badly affected by jet lag, she will more often than not smile or even laugh whenever Irfan came around to cheer her up.
Once she even climbed onto Irfan’s bed to wake him up in the morning:
Later that day, they both did something which was not planned at all. Irfan started reading for his little cousin as they sat together on their grandparents’ couch. At first, they both flipped through a Reader’s Digest magazine and a book Ayah Cik was reading at the time:
Alya was fascinated with photos of cats in the Reader’s Digest. Irfan also checked out the pictures sitting at her side:
Then Irfan remembered the children’s books Cik Dik bought for him as presents, so he rushed to his room to get them and rushed back to read them out to Alya. He started with Harry’s Bath:
Then he read to her Pizza and Other Stinky Poems with gusto:
We got them to sit at the piano so we could take photos of them there, which is quite a feat considering little Alya is usually up and running everywhere. Irfan continued reading the Pizza book:
Back at the couch, Alya began to flip through Harry’s Bath as Irfan kept reading his book.
We thought that the reading had stopped for the rest of the day, but later that night Alya joined Irfan on his bed to read more books. So, Irfan read Take my Picture – about a trip to the zoo – and Henry’s Wrong Turn which told of a humpback whale who got lost and ended up in a busy harbour. Alya was fascinated with my wristwatch buckle as Irfan read:
But after some time, Irfan stopped reading and they both started playing. Alya tickled her cousin as he hid under the covers:
There was much chuckling to be had.
Soon, both kids were tired and said good night. Then Alya left to sleep with her Papa and Mama.