This evening we went to the car park next to our condo building to cycle (we found this place on Sunday) where it has a wider space.
A boy (younger than Noelle, probably same age as Nikki or younger) and his dad were there earlier (they stay in the same condo, seen them at the condo compound especially during last year’s MCO, but never spoken). When the boy saw the girls, he was so excited. He started chasing the girls and saying ‘hello’ repeatedly. He chased Noelle on the bike, Nikki on the scooter and Norrah on the tricycle.
Initially, we ignored him. He was chasing Noelle until a point Noelle got scared. 🤣 They nearly bumped into one another on the bike; Noelle ‘screamed’ – and that’s when they started talking to one another (the boy was in mask 😷 – initially he wasn’t until his dad told him to wear as he was getting near to the girls).
We (hubby, I and the boy’s dad) actually let the ‘friendship’ develop by itself. At the end, they had a great time from riding the bicycle to running together – with his dad reminding him to maintain a distance (I was cycling, acted cool 😎 and don’t know, ok? Hubby was busy chasing Norrah.) It was really lovely to see how the little friendship developed. Then lightning ⚡️ came, and we decided to go home. They bidded goodbye to each other and the boy told Noelle ‘see you next YEAR!’ 🤣
Noelle went home, telling us she had so much fun. And she got to know that the boy is Philiks. She initially wondered why the boy was chasing her (and was pretty annoyed). It was until when the boy told her that he wanted to play with her and he has no friend – that Noelle decided to play along. Like the boy, our girls have NO physical friends for the past 6 months. It actually tells us how much kids yearn to have one another (other than own siblings) to play with.
I am actually relief that Noelle still knows how to make and accept new friends. It has been exactly 6 months since she went to school (the last recess box I made for her was April 19, 2021 – which was the last day she went to school). We know she has a lot of desire to resume physical school life. As she enters pre-teen age, she also has more need to be away from us at times (to be independent). She has her own thoughts and wants. Sometimes it gets difficult to get her open up and talk. And often she also tries to see how far she can push our limits. 🙄 It could be a more challenging time for us in months/years ahead in handling the kids cum endemic.