Kaila went to school with a best friend necklace this morning. She saved all her tickets at Chuck E. Cheese and got this plastic pink necklace that she had hid form her sister all weekend so she could give it to her best friend Amma. Kaila and Amma have been friends since the moment Kaila walked into her school, Amma the sporty yin to Kaila’s yang. I remember watching them roller skate at the skating rink and how Amma helped Kaila when sshe was afraid.
Those simple acts of kindness are what makes friends special. I remember my first best friend necklace so when Kaila came home in tears I asked her what was wrong. She told me how the other girls wanted her necklace and how they pestered her all day for them. So Kaila gave them both away to her other friends and promised Amma she’d get another one for just the two of them.
As Kaila bawled and told me the story about her day I couldn’t help but tear up. My child is so sweet, too sweet. I hope this lesson will teach her that she can’t always bend for other people. That she must always stay strong no matter how much someone pesters you. I know she felt bad, not only did she not give the necklace to her best friend but she didn’t come home with a necklace at all.
We’re both learning this as we go.