“Because Friends Don’t Say Things Like That To Each Other!”

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Last Friday, I had the privilege to speak to my daughter-in-law’s 5th grade class at Amanda Arnold Elementary School regarding my second “children’s” book, Rounding Third, which they had read earlier in the week.  It’s always a treat to get the opportunity to influence the lives of young people in a positive way and Friday’s “Author Visit” certainly was no exception, as evidenced by the following exchange:

Me: How many of you have ever made a mistake and thought (or said) to yourself: “How in the world could you make a mistake like that? You are so STUPID!”

5th Graders: Lots of hands in the air.

Me: How many of you, upon learning that your best friend had made a mistake, would say to them: “You are so STUPID! How could you make a mistake like that?

5th Graders: No hands.

Me (looking confused): Why wouldn’t you do that?

5th Graders: “Because it’s not nice.” “Because it would hurt their feelings.” “Because friends don’t say things like that to each other.” “Because it would make them sad.”

Me: Then why would you say it to yourself?!?

5th Graders (light bulbs illuminating): Smiling. :)!

2 thoughts on ““Because Friends Don’t Say Things Like That To Each Other!”

  1. So simple the 5th graders get it. Why are we harder on ourselves? Why don’t we treat ourselves with the same empathy and compassion that we have for others?

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