This morning, when we arrived at school, we went to my daughter Katie's classroom, deposited her lunch into her cubby and hung her backpack on its hook.
We then made our way to the playground, where we stood at the entrance.
Our conversation went like this:
Me: Katie, do you see any of your classmates out there?
Katie: No…I don't recognize anyone.
Me: No worries, we can wait until you see someone who looks familiar.
Katie: I'm okay, Mommy. I want to go play.
Me: But Katie, none of your friends are out there yet.
Katie: Then, I'll go make some.
And in that moment, I realized that she's going to be just fine.
The next time I'm standing on the fringe, trying to work up the courage to join in, I hope to remember those wise words from my kindergartener.
Because life should always be that simple.