While most of the nation has barely been in school a month, my kids are on their “fall break.” They have nine days of mostly school free time. Families that haven’t headed down south to Florida or up to the mountains are accommodating kids who just want to “hang out.”
This was easier years ago when my kids were much younger. Both boys had the same crew of friends and things were far less complicated.
But as they grew older the boys paths and friends diverged. Cam’s friends were kind enough to tolerate his little brother but for the most part Lan’s interests no longer coincide with theirs. His childhood friends are now interested in those things average teenagers do…Facebook, texting, socializing with other teens.
A while ago, I can’t even remember when, I prayed that Lan would find a friend who actually “got him.” His brother has a tight posse of boys he talks to and hangs with. A circle of friends he can relax with and just be himself.
Lan hasn’t had that for years. Until now.
A couple of months ago a kid from Lan’s graphic arts class walked into the grocery store as we walked out. This kid just came up to Lan and they just start talking very enthusiastically. They went back and forth very engaged in their conversation.
I’m thinking to myself “who is this!?”
His mom seemed as surprised as I was. Apparently, the young man mentioned Lan to his mom before and she suggested they get together some time.
Well today was the day.
This young man came over and the two of them scarfed down pizza, chips and soda. They played video games for hours. With each other.
Just like “regular” kids.
But this time Lan was free to just be himself.
There was no pressure to conform. He wasn’t self-conscious about saying the wrong thing or what someone else would think. He just chilled out with a friend who accepts him as he is.
Lan’s friend has a few “quirks” of his own. In fact, they share some of the same “quirks.” They had a blast!
There have been years of school breaks that have come and gone without Lan having a friend exclusively his own. His brother would go off to hang out with his BFFs and Lan no longer complained to tag along.
But I always knew Lan longed for a friend of his own. Someone who didn’t tolerate him but could celebrate him!
Sometimes I pray to God for so many things I forget the prayer until the answer is staring me in the face. Literally.
And boy did God deliver!
This young man lives five minutes from our house. He is well-mannered. His mom and I hit it off. We are both on the same parenting page.
Sometimes we are so fixed on meeting IEP goals, surviving “common core” and juggling all the other aspects of life, it’s nice to every once in a while catch a good break!
It wasn’t anything I orchestrated. God just delivered!
This time when Lan’s teachers ask about his Fall break, he will readily say he had a good one!
And I will too.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7 NKJV