Suddenly Caleb had it: can we go camping? He asked? Sure, James agreed. Then Caleb grew quiet. Will it be just you and me? he asked solemnly? Definitely, James replied. Caleb remained quiet, staring at the floor. "But I will miss Colin so much, and he would love to come camping with us. Couldn't he come, too?"
Of course, James replied, his heart melting. That's Caleb though, Caleb the Compassionate.
(Although Caleb did stipulate that Benjamin was not to go, and therefore I had to stay home also.)