Yaks: (Yaks...BEAMING) "Mom, guess what?"
Yaks: "I had SO much fun at recess! I played wiff Rhi!"
Me: (eyes welling with tears) "Oh! You did, buddy? That's great!"
Yaks: "Yeah, I made a friend!"
The next day she paired them up for recess and "made him and Rhi swing." Ha, ha. After that, they took off playing on the playground, and have continued for several days now. He enjoyed being able to pass out the treats, and he was even called on to be a helper.
Sunday we were able to meet her. She walked right over to him at the Linger Longer and said, "Hi, Yaks!" Monday, first-grade Kai invited him to play with him during recess, and Boo even came around and joined in on the fun! He's gotten braver and more outgoing as a result. I overheard him ask our carpool buddy, Naomi, "Do you want to play with me until the bell rings?"
I'm thankful for caring teachers. I'm thankful for loving mothers who "encourage" their kids to include. I'm thankful for "that one friend" that we each have, and more importantly, that we can each be to someone else.