On Wednesday afternoon, Milo got a package in the mail from a classmate. Yeah, she and her family live in town and she sees him three times a week, but the novelty of mailing something to your friend is, well, pretty novel to an almost-five-year-old.
Oh, did you catch that I typed "she" and "her"?
That's right, Milo's current BFF is a girl -- she's a cutie, for sure. The package she sent contained a foam visor, a photo of herself, and a sweet little note, which concluded "I love you Milo."
Aww, my baby got his first love note! Her mother assured me that she told her daddy that "we're just friends" -- which is good because, as much as I adore her parents, we're not planning to arrange a marriage between our preschoolers.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that he's really warmed up to his classmates in the last couple of months. One of the statements his preschool teacher made at our parent/teacher conference was that he had a tendency to join an activity and relate to the kids doing the activity, rather than seeking out a favorite friend and joining an activity together. She also said that he plays well with other kids, takes turns and shares easily.
Does that sound strange to you? I asked Milo about it and he said "I play with everyone, Mom. They're all my friends." Instead of taking this as a sign of anxiety, like his teacher did, I took it to mean that he is open to all kids and not a clique-y mean boy. I'm not so sure that playing with everyone is a bad thing.
Back to the topic on hand -- after receiving the package, Milo said, "We need to have her over to play and have a sleep-over!"
I told him, "Let's take this slowly, but. How about a playdate -- you don't want all the pressure of committing to a sleep-over to soon, you know. That's a pretty long-term commitment."