“There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met.” - Jim Henson
This past week was our daycare intake. At our daycare, the parents go with their little ones for a few hours the first few days to help them acclimate to the new surroundings. There were quite a few tears on the first couple days, but less so as the week went on.
One of the things that struck me was that as soon as we walked in, everyone is immediately referred to as a ‘friend’. The teachers, the other kids, the lady who buzzes us into the classroom. Everyone is a friend.
It made me realize how simple things would be if we went into all situations with the idea that we were meeting new friends.Of course, as adults, this is far too simplified an idea to work, but for now, I like the idea of introducing the girl to all her new ‘friends’ in the world.
Jessica by Kevin Henkes
Don't Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi