One of the boys on Asher’s bus lives just down the road from us. This boy is a bit older than Asher, & we were asking Asher if he knew how old “J” is.
“I don’t know, but he’s one of the big kids. My teacher tells me at recess that I have to stay with the kindergartners. I don’t like to play with the kindergartners. I would much rather play with the big kids. I really like ‘J’ and his mates.”
It is a bit telling of the social interactions at school. Asher’s teachers have been concerned with some of Asher’s behaviour this year, & we have been suspicious that part of it is due to him not having a lot in common with the other kids his age. For the last week, Asher has been heading down to visit ‘J’ after school almost everyday, & we have seen a vast improvement in his behaviour at school as well.
Yesterday we got a note home from the teacher that Asher had been hit in the head with a ball, but seemed to be fine. When we asked Asher what happened…
“Well, I was following ‘J’ around, & he was on the basketball court. But then I couldn’t see him anymore, so I was just walking around looking for him. Then I saw him again, & I was just watching him throw the ball into the basket with the other big kids, & I was counting how many times they got it in. But then one of the boys threw the ball in from the bottom of the net & it came out the top. It came right down at me & I just didn’t move out of the way in time.”