At BBC this last Tuesday one young girl, “Sue,” was being friendly to another young girl, “Betty,” but Betty did not really appreciate her friendliness. It hurt Sue’s feelings that Betty did not seem to be very interested in being friends and she didn’t understand why. Feeling rejected, she sat on the front stoop of our office while the other girls went to the back yard to play. Then she said, “I know!” and she grabbed some sidewalk chalk and began writing. And she wrote:

“I just want to be friends and just trying to be nice” (heart)

I think it was a very productive way of dealing with the rejection. I explained to her it’s most likely a misunderstanding, since the girls don’t know each other that well. After play time Sue had Betty come over and read it. Not much happened at that point. But when it was time for all the kids to leave, I kind of suggested to Betty to tell Sue goodbye. Betty hollered, “See ya later Sue!” “See ya Betty!” I think its a small, but grand, victory.

 

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