“I need a new bike,” Stephen said, as we drove home from the store.
“Yes, you’ve outgrown your bike,” I agreed. “Why don’t you put that on your Christmas wish list?”
“Ok,” He said. “I’ll think about things for my Christmas list.”
Then a few minutes later, “But you can’t buy friends.”
“What?” I asked, startled.
“I would put friends on my Christmas list. But no one can buy you friends.”
“No….that’s true. Do you wish you had more friends?”
“I only have 4 friends. But not at school.”
“Do you feel like you can make friends at school? Don’t you play with kids there?” I asked.
“I don’t want to talk about this anymore,” he responded.
“Why, does it upset you?” I asked.
“I just don’t want to talk about it anymore!” He said, staring out the window.
I am often amazed how easily things come to Stephen: school, reading, music. But I am also sad, because the things that don’t come easy are the hardest to teach.