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!