Friday, August 5, 2011

Bright Side Friday! Friends

My Bright Side Friday has to do with my son and his friend.

When my son was 3, he was in pre-school. He made friends with a boy named Ryan. My son and this boy were inseparable. At times I was worried that my son would never make friends with anyone else because he and Ryan were so attached. Before my son could start his next year of pre-school, we found out Ryan was moving. My son was crushed. He started the school year sure that he didn't have any friends. It was a really rough time for him, and me. I had to constantly remind him that EVERYONE liked him and that he should just play with everyone. So tough to do when the children, who had obviously noticed the exclusive pair the year before, would just assume my son still wasn't interested in playing with them. Heartbreaking to watch when they are only 4. After a bit of encouragement things worked out better for my son that year, but he never stopped talking about Ryan.

I spoke with Ryan's mom and she told me that Ryan never stopped talking about my son. They still had family in the area, so when they came back to visit, Ryan's mom suggested we get together. When the two boys saw each other, it was like they had never been apart. We realized that this is no ordinary friendship, it is something special.

It is now years later, and the two boys are still best of friends and look forward to the visits. In fact, Ryan just left our house last night after staying with us for 1 week. Two buddies, never leaving each others side, staying up late, for 7 days and not one disagreement. Smiles on their faces the whole time.

It still amazes Ryan's mom and me. When she came to pick up Ryan last night she said "It's like they knew each other in another life." The friendship is amazing and I'm so happy that my son has been able to experience a friendship like it.


Now it's your turn. What is your Bright Side?


  1. That is a seriously sweet story.

    My bright side - Speaking of best friends, I get to see my brother tonight.

  2. Leah - Thank you.

    So glad you get to see your best friend tonight and so happy that it is your brother. I hope my sons stay best friends forever too.

  3. WOW! That's a really special relationship. I can relate by having some really exceptional relationships but most were developed when I was older. Very nice story.

    My bright spot would have to be you (or one of you) participating on my blog. It's really special to make a "blind" friendship over the internet. This is an experience I'm totally new to but I'm loving! Thanks!

  4. Heli - I don't think many people get a chance for a friendship like theirs. Thank you.

    We have checked out your blog. Glad you are enjoying it so much. We promise that you will see posts from us from time to time.

  5. Your son sounds like a very special person. What a heart warming story, Thank you for sharing.

    My bright side is I had a day off with my husband this week and was reminded why I like him :)

  6. The Family that Laughs Together - Thank you, he really is a special big hearted boy. Glad you enjoyed reading about his unique friendship.

    So glad you had a chance to date your hubby and remember why you are together. =)