Last night I was giving Joanie a bath when she said she had made another friend at school that day. “How did it happen?” I asked, and she gave the same answer she’s been giving to this question for the past few weeks: “We were standing next to each other in movement class and I said, ‘Do you want to be friends?’ and she said ‘Yeah!’ and so now we’re friends.’” After that, she told me that she got “nine shout-outs in morning meeting.” I asked what that meant, and she said that every morning the class stands in a circle and everyone takes a turn saying one positive thing about one other person in class. I asked what kinds of positive things her classmates – nine of them yesterday – say about her, and she said they all say the same thing – “that they like to play with me.” And so, friends, today I wish you the energy and excitement of a social butterfly in first grade who has the opportunity for the first time in a year and a half to make a new friend every day and a recess period in which to play with them. And if that fails, I wish for you at least one thing today that gives you reason to feel optimistic when so much in the world right now gives reason to feel otherwise.
Have a great weekend, and here are a few links you might enjoy:
Related: Adele Got Brutally Honest About Her Divorce In New Song “Easy On Me” After Revealing Why She “Voluntarily Chose To Dismantle” Her Son’s Life (Have you heard the single yet? Adele released it last night and it’s gorgeous, of course).
Also related: “I Cant Wait to Get Divorced Now: Adele Fans Reconsider Their Relationships After Listening to ‘Easy on Me.'” (For the record, I like the song, but I’m happily married and planning to stay that way!)
This HONY story made me – and tens of thousands of others – cry. G and Ant for ever!