Me : Me
Blondie Daughter : Blondie Daughter
Rose : Blondie Daughter's Best Friend
Rose's Mum : Blondie Daughter's Best Friend's Mum
Buttercup : Blondie Daughter's Friend Who Came To Tea Today
Rose's little brother was poorly Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week so Me has been picking Rose up from school and taking her home each night.
Rose's Mum sent home a pretty pansy for Me by way of thanks.
Tonight, Blondie Daughter had Buttercup around for tea.
Me : Aah, thanks for the lovely little pansy - very sweet of you, you minx! x
Rose's Mum : You're very welcome. Don't want to bother u because I know u have Buttercup round, but Rose has come home very upset today because she said Blondie Daughter has been telling her she's not her friend and ignoring her and she is confused why. xx
Me : I've had a chat with Blondie Daughter and she was very surprised that Rose was upset. Her words were "why would I say that to my best friend?" I wonder if Blondie Daughter and Buttercup were excited about this eve and Rose felt a little left out? Please assure her that, as far as Blondie Daughter is concerned, she is her BFF (best friend forever)!! Hope helps. x
Rose's Mum : Rose isn't jealous at all, she has a very full life and lots of other friends. She just isn't a nasty girl and doesn't understand why people turn on her for no reason. Oh well we all believe our own don't we. xx
... stunned silence ...
Me : Gosh, Rose's Mum, I'm very shocked and saddened by the tone of your response. May I suggest we let the girls sort it out themselves?
Blondie Daughter is in bits. She is worried that Rose's Mum is going to shout at her in the playground tomorrow and she has no idea what she has done wrong. I have assured her that won't happen. Between you and me, if Rose's Mum so much as raises her eyebrows at my daughter, she'll rue the bloody day.
My daughter isn't perfect but I know when she is telling me the truth.
Am I missing something here? It seems to me that the chips on the shoulders of the parents are weighing heavy on the children.
And I thought, at 40 years old, my playground days were well behind me ...