Every so often, I come across something, that’s not on Pinterest, that I want to make for my kids. Recently, a little boy went viral for wearing a shirt that said “I will be your friend” on his first day of school, to let other kids without friends know, he’s there for them.
This hit home for me, last year, my middle son E, had a really rough time due to his differences and peculiarities. Sometimes, he wants to play, sometimes, he doesn’t want to be bothered, and that can fluctuate throughout the day depending on who, what, where, why, when, and don’t you dare forget HOW. The way the world experiences his particular shade of autism can also fluctuate, and it intensifies with children, as they’re still learning to manage and regulate their own emotions, with or without autism. The end result was, we left 1st grade the way we left kindergarten, with no one but our tribe.
So this year, I have hopes it will be different. I bought a bunch of white shirts, I used my Cricut to cut out a bunch of “I will be your friend,” and puzzle piece patches, and pulled out my new heat press and started making shirts. The kids in our tribe loved them, and as is always true with E, he wanted his to be slightly different, asking instead if his could say “Will you be my friend?” The first Friday of the school year, all 8 kids I made them for wore them and supported. They also showed their friends, and classmates, that they were willing to be friends.
It’s so important to me in this world that consistently shows us all the negative things in the human experience, that I still raise my kids as kind and caring. I’m thankful that the friends they do have because their parents also instill those same values.