After a couple of days, I was beginning to think that Anni was hitting an early adolescence (you know, "mommy is *so* uncool")!! However, on the morning that they were leaving we were saying our good-byes and joking around about them taking Anni along (we'll have to check your bags before you go, etc.). We didn't think that Anni understood this, but when I suddenly passed Anni off and ran to the kitchen because I needed to get some cookies out of the oven, Anni burst into tears like her world was coming to an end. Of course, Joerg and I reassured her that we would never, ever let someone take her in their suitcase!! We said our good-byes, and Anni gave a tearful wave as they left. After that, she stuck to me like glue for the rest of the day. I guess mommy still has some coolness left, after all. Whew!