Lately Anaya has taken to defining friendship on the basis of who is like her. She exhorts Sethie to do whatever she is doing, so they can be “friends.” Sethie is her friend when he does whatever she commands him (an entirely Biblical concept cheerfully taken out of context). Or, Sethie is her friend when he does the same things she does.
This morning at breakfast, Anaya announced in delight, “Sethie is my friend!”
“Is that because he is eating the same cereal you are eating?” I responded dryly.
“Yes, but also because he is eating with his mouth open!”