I commented earlier that Matthew (3) and Laura (4) were practically inseparable during the visit from the Dubbo cousins. They just seemed to get along so well; enjoying the same things, looking out for each other and talking non-stop.
I often hear people saying that children don't need to speak the same language to play together. I have decided, after watching these two, that while this is true, it has its limitations. Matthew often plays with children with whom he shares no common language. But being able to talk with Laura, to communicate in words, easily, opened a whole other world of play and friendship that I don't think he's experienced before. It was amazing.