Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Power of Friends

Lately my oldest son has formed a connection with a group of boys at his school. As he explained it, we’re the “nerd lunch bunch” and “they all have issues like me.” He doesn’t specifically know what the kids are dealing with—only that one has Aspergers—but he knows that they all have IEPs and like to play card games with him.

This group met in the beginning of the school year, but lately their bond has grown and now my son looks forward to spending lunch with them everyday. As he explained, “Since we all have stuff wrong with us we don’t tease each other, and when we get teased by outsiders it doesn’t bother me as much since we’re all together.”

I’ve also heard him share, “Lately one of my friends has been acting out a lot, but that’s ok, it’s probably because they’re adjusting his meds. We just try to help him act right at school.” He’s also shared how the group looks up to him to organize the lunch games and make decisions for the group, he explained, “It’s like I’m the leader or something!”

What I’ve also noticed is his chipper mood lately, he seems really happy lately and he’s bringing that joyful energy home after school.

But what I find the most significant is the statement he made this morning before going to class. He said, “I feel so much better about myself now that I have these friends!”

Wow, the power of friendships... incredible!


3 comments:

  1. Oh that is amazing to hear! I am so happy he has found some understanding friends.

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  2. Oh that's wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes.

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  3. I am really glad for your son he found people he can connect with at school :)

    Sounds a dumb question, but what do your son think about Mensa ?

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