I was always the oddball who was socially awkward. I liked what I liked and was fine with it. I was never the popular one and even had a time in my life where I had no one to turn to. That’s no joke. I was going through some really rough family stuff and we were kicked out of our church were I was also going to school. I had to abandon all I knew and start over at the ripe age of 14. Needless to say, I was not in a very good place. I have always had social anxiety so making new friends was very difficult. A new awkward girl, fantastic. Thankfully in high school, I found a crowd to take me in.
This is what I want my kids to know. That weird kid in school, probably just needs someone to be kind to them. If anyone would have taken the time to get to know me, they would have seen a very different person than what I portrayed. The cliche, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, is so true. I don’t want my kids to live by first impressions because usually they are not accurate. If I had just one person to come along side me, it would have made all the difference! I want my kids to be that one person who makes all the difference to a new classmate.
Are you raising weird kid befrienders? I want to hear abou it!