I feel like on this visit we bonded so much more than usual -- partly because we spent the better part of two days together, but mostly I think because she has opened up more. We didn't even have any long, deep conversations (*SHOCK*) because I didn't want to push. I wanted to take it easy and let her open up at her own speed, and it turned out to be very encouraging.
And nikare, please be serious for a moment as you read this: Thank you. You've helped build Allison's trust, and you have no idea how incredibly grateful I am. However, you hurt her and I will kill you. Not in a nice way either. I will feed your entrails to dogs after I skin you alive. That said, let me add that I believe that you are a fantastic, very loving and generous person, and will of course never hurt my girl. I just had to slip the little threat in because I'm feeling all big-sister protective right now.