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one of the things that has been the most challenging for Lily during this school year so far has been to connect and make friends with the other children in her class

although she is way less shy these days, she has always been very shy and serious by nature (until you really get to know her)

in her old school, there was a smaller group of children, and perhaps that mixed with the fact that most of them came from the same like minded parents, it all made for easier connections

Lily loved her old school mates and is still friends and sees most of them often

and then there is Savannah

Lily’s bestie who happens to live in our neighborhood and who is two years older than Lily

Lily worships and follows Savannah like a puppy everywhere she goes

during neighborhood gatherings, when all the neighborhood kids are all playing in the same garden, Lily can often be seen only playing and following Savannah

if Lily loses sight of Savannah, she comes asking for her

raising her to be independent and a free thinker, this often frustrates me because i feel like she should just be open to play with the other children who she also knows so well by now

this year, during easter brunch, a new little boy was introduced to the group

shy and overwhelmed by crowds like Lily used to get, he hardly played with any of the children

two fridays ago, our friend and neighbor happened to be watching him during the afternoon and so i suggested a playdate

Lily and the E recognized each other from easter and hit it off right away

they spent the whole afternoon swimming and playing in the pool

it was nice to see that they were both playing as equals

nobody was bossy

i realize that part of life is making and choosing your own friends but i am happy that i was able to show Lily that she can play with somebody new just as well as she can play with someone like her Savannah

all she has to do is be herself

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