This is the Valuable lesson taught in FHE (Family Home Evening) last night...doesn't he look like a fierce pirate?
Don't be fooled by the rough exterior. Deep down, or not so deep, is a very tender hearted boy.
More than once he has come home from school or church very concerned over the welfare of another child. Then there are the times he hears me listening to NPR and he learns a bout the war in Iraq...concern almost fills his entire soul with sadness for that other person/persons.
Yesterday was no different except this time it was himself who was offended. He favorite friend in the world, the one who is a couple of years older but seem to always love playing together, riding bikes to school every day together, told him that he no longer wants to be his friend.
He came home on the verge of tears and broke down on my lap. I couldn't imagine anyone NOT wanting to be friends with this fun loving, adventurous soul. I asked about the details and truly, like all kid fights, they were quite trivial...something about the bigger boy wanting to make Oscar stay on gear # 2 while he switched to gear #6. I'm sure there is the element of the older boys pride at stake, considering the younger boy is very fast on his bike...but truly...is this worth the fight???
Today was no different. The boy once again informed him that he no longer wants to be his friend. We once again have the tears and sadness.
Although I try to explain that you don't want to be friends who aren't kind anyway, I'm sure it hurts just the same.
My poor tender boy...Thank you for always looking out for others and being so kind.
And to all of those who try to show my sweet boy what a cruel world it can truly be...I say, go hide yourself in a hole and do unto others as you would have them do unto you!