Friendship at Six
Little D’s “best friend” is moving away to Texas in a few weeks and tomorrow will be their final goodbye.
I say “best friend” in quotations because in reality, they have never even had a playdate outside of school (working mom problems) and she has a few other “best friends” in her class.
But tonight, when she sat down to write him a goodbye letter, he was nothing less than her best friend.
She composed it on her own (with a little help from me on the spelling) and thanked him for being such a good friend, told him she will miss him, asked if they could be pen pals, specified that she expects pictures included with all letters, shared her mailing address, told him to have fun in Texas and as a final PS – told him that her little brother Kai said hi.
I watched with eyes filled with love and a heart filled with a little sadness.
I know the pen pal courtship will be a short one, if it ever even gets off the ground. New friends, new schools, new neighborhoods will get in the way of letters and pictures. She will find a new best friend and will actually go to his/her house once in a while. Maybe they will be in the same classroom in grade one. Maybe he/she will move in down the road.
Miles won’t lie between them and the memories they can make.
She decorated her letter with a picture of the two of them, adorned with hearts and smiling suns and peace signs and put it right next to the door so we don’t forget to bring it to school. And she will bring it to him with so much excitement, a cherished memento of life in California – of her – that he can take with him to his new life in Texas. She will probably sit next to him at lunch. She will run around with him one last time on the play yard. And she will give him a big hug when he leaves for the day…her new pen pal.
Nothing less than her best friend.
*image above via here*