He just got on the school bus, this would be his first day at a new school, when the kid sitting across from him said, "You wanna be my friend?"
Our two youngest grand kids, Delaney and Jake, over the summer they have moved. Not that much further from where they were living but it did entail new schools for both of them. As parents and grandparents we always have concerns when kids began a new experience.
Fourth grader Jake told his mom that while he was sitting on the playground another kid came up and sat down beside him. Jake asks (he has a bit of his grandfather in him--he will talk to just about anybody) "You new here?" "Yes." "Me too." The kid then said to Jake, "You wanna be my friend." Jake felt like he had hit the jackpot two people in the same day asking that all important question, "You wanna be my friend."
Jake went on to tell his mom he had also made friends with three girls while on the playground. ( I like the boys style.) His mom named another girl that she thought possibly he might have met that day. "Did you meet-----------?" "Yes, but mom, she's the kinda that looks at what you are wearing and says 'you look like last week.' Hey these are elementary kids, where do they come up with all this?
But the first day a school and that all important question has been asked, "You wanna be my friend?" Your hope for your child and all other children that is a question they will often be asked this year with the start of another school season. Not only they will be asked but a question they will also learn to say to others. In fact one would hope that is something they will ask and be asked all their lives.
"You wanna be my friend?"
August 15, 2017