The car pool line was starting to fill up finally. I had gotten there a bit too early to pick up my daughter from her first day of Pe-k and luckily the baby was asleep in her car seat so I was able to sit back, relax and finally be able to listen to the new Eminem album, the unedited version. I find that I can listen to music with the explicit lyrics for another few months before my baby daughter slips up and drops an F-bomb or two. A few minutes later the teachers start leading the kids to the car pool and Sydney is brought over to me by her teacher, she looks a bit upset, but only in the ‘drama’ girl type of upset and blurts out:
Daddy the PINK GIRL won’t be my friend, but at least the BLACK GIRL let me play with her.
I cracked a smile and tried my best to reassure her that I’m sure the pink girl will be her new friend in no time (as I write this over a week later the pink girl still won’t be her friend). For some reason this really seems to bother her.
Now as a parent I can’t help to feel bad for her because at age 4 there isn’t a lot going on in her world to latch onto and since she is a very social child, I wonder why the pink girl won’t be her friend. Did she do something to the pink girl? Did she not share? Maybe my daughter made friends with a girl who the pink girl wanted to be friends with? I tried explaining to my daughter that you can be friends with more than one person, but she really couldn’t grasp the concept.I mean what else is going on in pre-k?
But I have to keep telling myself that she’s only 4 and this is her first year of school, and no matter how hard I try, I have to let go, let her grow on her own and stop being so protective. It’s a lesson I will be trying to learn until the day that they lower me into th ground because in my eyes she will always be my baby girl.