Friday, we had a Circle of Friends meeting at our house. We played a game from Little Women called Rigamarole, where a story is started, and each person adds onto it, and it becomes very funny with all the twists and turns of ten people’s imaginations. In an amazing display of bravery and willingness, Riley began the story, then went around to each of her friends, recording them on her iPOD, so we could play it back. The story’s title was “Beware of Over Sized Bananas.” In the photo above, Riley and her friends (and her brother) are attempting to listen to it on her iPod, but it came out too faint for ten noisy girls (and a sweet boy) to hear, so I had to quickly type it up and send the girls home with copies.
Riley did very well. After two rounds of Rigamarole and snacks, the girls went upstairs to play.
Riley appeared content to kind of watch what the other girls were doing with her stuff this time. It seemed to be too overwhelming to get right in there like she does with Seth or friends she knows really well. The girls were here for about two hours total, so a little over an hour up in her room.
15 minutes before they were scheduled to leave, Riley came downstairs claiming “boredom.”
She did not lose it on her friends. She did not melt down. She did not whine, or cry. She came downstairs and told her mom and dad she was bored. She took care of herself. She removed herself from the room! In our book that is cause for celebration. That is heroic. That makes her the coolest kid on earth, and us, her parents, cool by proxy!
She saw all her friends off with unprompted hugs and told each of them, “Thank you for coming.”
She went on to have a terrific evening, and a wonderful weekend.
She is such a good person. I am so proud of her, and I wish it was easier for her.
No one tries harder than Riley.