About a month ago, my Uncle Steve introduced Phoebe to a new friend. I wasn't sure what Phoebe would think of this new friend; she is, well, a little different. But much to my surprise the girls became fast friends, and the relationship has continued to blossom since then.
Karen likes taking naps with Phoebe, going for car rides, doing arts and crafts... I'm amazed at how similar their interests are! Sometimes Phoebe decides that she needs a break from Karen for a little while, and she'll conveniently lose her for a few days. Sometimes we'll find her shoved in a couch cushion or under the bed; I really should talk with Phoebe about being kind to her friends.
Karen isn't quite as coordinated as Phoebe, so Phoebe kindly helps her friend out when she needs a hand. Karen will also sometimes keep Phoebe up talking when they should be napping. That's okay, they both fall asleep quickly enough.
Phoebe even wants to dress like Karen. Just the other day, I heard her hunting for a pink belt. Sadly, Phoebe owns no belts -- although I think she should, especially now that her diaper is no longer around to hold up her pants. I'm so glad that Karen is a good influence on Phoebe.