Writing for five unedited minutes on the prompt “Friend” for Five Minute Friday.
Oh, my sweet daughter,
I hate to see your heart break.
Your friend, the one who writes you sparkly notes
the one who gives you hugs whenever you meet
the one who soothed you when another girl turned her back
snubbed you on the playground.
Yesterday you entered the car crying
no longer able to hold it in.
Dear one, you are only eight years old
and your heart has already broken twice
over the complicated nature of girl friendships.
How I understand.
I remember trying so hard
and falling down flat.
the mean looks, the whispers, the cold stares
from those who I thought cared.
I also remember
sometimes dishing out
what I didn’t want to receive.
I’m sorry to say
it’s only beginning.
But I also tell you:
You are not alone.
Jesus is always at your side.
He loves you for who you are.
He created you as an artist, a reader, a sensitive soul.
They may not understand you
just as they didn’t understand me.
I know how lonely it can be.
Yet you are beautiful inside and out.
If you can’t do a flip on the monkey bars
or run fast or shoot baskets
I promise it won’t matter
when you’re grown up.
But I know it matters now.
I’m praying for you, love.
I’m praying God will give you one good friend
to listen to your secrets and keep them safe.
One good friend to smile and laugh with you.
One good friend to share new perspectives
and challenge your sharp edges.
Just one friend
to hold your hand
and walk beside you
in this long, difficult,
complex, beautiful life.
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