A few weeks ago, I received the most wonderful voicemail message. It wasn’t what was said in the message that brought on my tears of joy, but rather the voice on the other end of the line. The caller was one of Beau’s school buddies, John Daniel.
By the time most children are 8 years old, they’ve gone on numerous play dates, been invited to countless birthday parties and even experienced a few sleep-overs. Over the years, I remember taking my older girls to one party after another all the while longing for a quiet Saturday afternoon. And yet, with Beau, most Saturday afternoons are quiet.
With Beau, the world moves a little slower, which can make play dates, birthday parties and sleepovers a little more challenging. And while Beau has been blessed with many good friends who have included him in various ways, he has never really had a friend that moves at his pace…until now.
John Daniel is a special little boy with loads of personality, compassion and curiosity. A few years older than Beau, he looks out for him like a big brother, encouraging him to try new things and reminding him to follow the rules. And as a result of John Daniel’s courage to pick up the phone a few weeks ago, Beau and his buddy finally had their play date.
Today, on a playground surrounded by children running much faster and climbing much higher, I witnessed a friendship being born. A friendship based upon the mutual admiration two little boys have for each other and their ability to tune out the world and solely focus on one another. In this fast paced world where we text our friends more than we share face to face conversations, I was reminded of what friendship is all about…
“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”