My 5 and 7 year old daughters are inseparable. Whether they are fighting or playing, they are always together. Their older 13 year old sis floats in and out of playtime, depending on her tolerance level for her little sisters.
Today my 5 year old, Miss E, arrived home from school. When she approached the porch (bus stop is right outside our house), she looked like she had something on her mind. I asked her if school went OK. She replied that yes it was fine but still looked slightly upset. I asked her what was wrong and she broke - her tiny face crinkled up and she broke into hysterical tears. "N. is gone! She's lost!" she said about her oldest sister.
Apparently the school forgot to tell Miss E. that we had picked up my middle daughter because she was not feeling well. My husband stressed that she should be told and the office promised to let her know. She is very structure and routine oriented so this was a MAJOR thing for her to deal with.
Even after Miss E. knew her sister was safe she was emotionally distressed. I had to hold her for 10 minutes until she calmed down. I kept telling her that she was a great little sis to worry about her big sis. It broke my heart and made me feel proud at the same time.