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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: What happened to my Best Friend?
By Jordan D.
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“Ashley!” she squealed when she saw her best friend.
“Hey Nicole,” Ashley said back, but Nicole couldn’t help but notice she looked less than enthusiastic.
“Didya miss me?” Nicole asked her and reached into her backpack to grab some shells. She handed them to Ashley. “Here, I collected these for you at the beach.”
“Thanks,” Ashley murmured. Nicole frowned. Why wasn’t her friend as excited about the shells as she had been?
“Hi!” A girl came up from behind Nicole, and she jumped a little bit. She hadn’t expected someone else coming to talk to her and Ashley, at least this early. Nicole got a little worried when she saw Ashley give a big smile to the girl behind her.
“Hi Leah!” Nicole frowned when she saw them hug. Who was she?
“Hi!, I’m Leah,” she said, when she finally acknowledged Nicole standing next to Ashley.
“Hey, I’m Nicole.” Nicole didn’t feel the need to offer any more information about herself. She watched as Ashley and Leah talked excitedly amongst themselves about something they had done over the weekend together, and that’s when it hit her. Ashley had a new friend. Possibly a new best friend.
Fine then, Nicole thought to herself. If Ashley isn’t going to talk to me, I don’t want to talk to her either. She spent the rest of the day by herself, and tried not to burst into tears when she saw Ashley and Leah pick each other for partners during science. She was paired up with one of the boys that smelled bad.
She sulked around for the rest of the day after that, and finally let the tears roll down her cheeks when she got into her mom’s car.
“How was your day...?” Nicole’s mom couldn’t finish the sentence. “Ashley has a new best friend,” she cried. Her mom leaned over and gave her a big hug.
“Sweetie, are you sure it isn’t just another friend? While you were gone, she probably just got closer to this other girl because she was lonely. You probably would have done the same thing,” her mom said quietly and rubbed her back. It was hard for Nicole to be mad when her mom rubbed her back.
“No, I wouldn’t have,” Nicole said firmly. “But I ignored her the rest of the day so she would know how it felt.”
“Nicole!” her mom said, shocked. “It’s not good to ignore anybody, even when they’ve been mean to you.”
Nicole didn’t say anything. Her mom was always right. She knew that Jesus would have wanted her to forgive Ashley and be nice to her, and even Leah.
“I know you do sweetie, and I think tomorrow when you go to school, you need to apologize to Ashley.”
“Mo-om,” Nicole whined. She didn’t want to apologize, especially because Ashley had been mean to her first.
“Nicole.” Her mom raised an eyebrow, so Nicole didn’t argue anymore. She sighed. She would do it, not just because her mom said so, but because she could also feel it in her heart that Jesus was telling her to do the same thing.
The next morning, Nicole didn’t rush to get to her class. At the front of the class room, she stopped to tie her shoe.
“Nicole?” The untied shoe was forgotten. Nicole stood up and looked at Ashley.
“I’m sorry,” they said in unison. They both giggled.
“I’m so sorry for ignoring you yesterday. I was upset because I thought you had a new best friend,” Nicole said. “But I guess I was wrong. We can go back to being best friends again!” She expected for Ashley to agree right away, but instead she hesitated.
“I do want to be your best friend, but I really like Leah too. She’s really nice.” She stopped. “But isn’t it ok to have more than one best friend?”
Nicole shrugged. She hadn’t ever had to think about it before. Ever since kindergarten, Ashley had been her only best friend.
“I don’t see why not. I think my older sister has four best friends,” Nicole said.
“It’s settled then. We’ll all be best friends. Pinky promise?” Ashley asked, and held out her pinky.
“Pinky promise.” Nicole linked her pinky with Ashley’s, and they both walked into the classroom to tell Leah the great news.
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