The way Sam looks at the world is quite specific and rather lovely. He finds unexpected metaphors and connections that always stop me and challenge the boundaries of my imagination.
Example, the other day we went to Adventure Central, an indoor play place at our gym; another parent complimented Jo and Sam for being such good, kind kids who played so well with hers that she was actually allowed a break. As we were leaving, Sam said, "You know, I have a lot of friends. But a lot of them are one-time friends. I only know them once, like here, or like at camp. And then I never see them again."
He thought for a second, and then added, "But it's nice, it's a good thing. It's like a Monopoly game I have that's made out of chocolate. You can play with it, but once you eat the pieces, you can't ever play again. That's what the One-Time Friends are like."
Friends are tricky. There's definitely kids with whom Jo and Sam clash. And ones they don't get to see as much as they would like. Jo struggles with girls who are just as bossy and strong-minded (her words!) as she is. Sam dislikes boys who get mean and act crazy and hit people on the head.
In other news, Sam played his first basketball game on Saturday and scored TWO GOALS IN A ROW! He dubbed it "the second best day ever," after Christmas.