The friend who betrayed my son earlier this week has apologized and restored the friendship. I am skeptical since this boy has a distinct pattern of becoming very close to my son and then dumping him coldly.
It has never made sense because they hang out together at one house or the other 7 days a week so I always wonder what this kid thinks he’s doing. He is entirely compatible with my son. I have never witnessed conflict of any kind so I have no idea what this kid is acting out but apparently it is something. And I think he is fortunate because my son can transcend but what a baffling situation.
My son got off the bus and I asked how his day was.
“Awesome. We’re friends again,” he said happily.
“You are?” He had sworn him off.
“Yeah, he said he was sorry. He was really sorry.”
“Well I am glad of that.”
“You don’t look happy,” he said.
“Well I am glad you’re friends again. You know I like him and I think you should keep your friends any way you can but I do think he will do this again.”
“He was reeeeally sorry and he’s been missing me every day.”
I smiled because I couldn’t help myself. “Good enough! You got your friend back, is he coming over?”
“He has to go to the dentist today.”
I thought about warning in some way but realized I already had. Walking home, I glanced over at him and realized the warning I did issue was irrelevant because in fact the kid does not have a gullible bone in his body. So what then?
What is it that he has figured out that allows him to have anything in the world happen to him with little (ultimate) consequence to his person hood?
I don’t know but it runs in the family.