"I'm not ever going to be your friend again." Those were the words that were directed at my 5 year old this morning on the bus -- all because of who Joelle chose to sit with for the short three-minute ride to school.
My heart broke into a million pieces as I listened to Joelle re-tell the events of this morning. Her voice was full of hurt and confusion, and she is really concerned that this friend will not want to sit with her on the bus ever again.
I tried to reassure Joelle that I would phone this friend's mom and that we would work things out -- and she reminded me of this promise before she went to bed tonight. So I promptly phoned the mother and expressed my concerns to her.
Luckily, this mother is someone I would call a friend -- or at least a friendly acquaintance -- so thankfully my phone call was received very gracefully. Now Joelle is impatient and anxious about what tomorrow will bring when she faces her at the bus again.
How does this sort of thing happen to 5-year-olds? At that age, they shouldn't even know anything about threatening to take away friendship if things don't go as they want them to go.
Sigh...life was so much simpler without all of this school-age drama.