On our way to daycare last week, you were in the back seat, making your talking sounds.
And I was thinking.
One of your cousins will graduate from high school in a few months.
She has a good friend that she’s known almost her entire life. They first met in daycare when they were less than three years-old. They’ve attended different high schools, but they are still close friends.
There is one other little girl at your daycare. She’s a few months older than you are.
Will you still be friends with her when you’re reading this?
You’ll learn as you get older that as you get older it becomes more difficult to make good, close friends.
People with lifelong friends that they see regularly are the unusual exception, not the rule.
Today, you’re a little baby, working hard at learning to walk.
The day will come when you’ll work just as hard at having friends. I suspect friendships will come easy for you. You’re already outgoing and engaging and likeable. But you’ll learn one day that the reasons some people like you may be the same reasons other people won’t like you.
We can’t change how people think about us. The only thing we can change is ourselves. But don’t change who you are for the sake of a friendship, friends won’t want you to do that. Be who you are, accept others for who they are, and you’ll be just fine.
“Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch’d, unfledg’d comrade.” — Hamlet, by William Shakespeare