No Best Friends Allowed

For many of us adults, we might have learned that it is pretty difficult to make close friends; particularly if you have moved to a new area recently.  This isn’t to say that it is hard to meet people, quite the contrary — that is unless you are a total introvert/recluse of course.  No, instead it is to say that because we tend to be so busy in our daily lives, what with having to go to work every day, and taking care of all of the responsibilities that comes with adulthood, that we often find that when it comes to meeting peers with similar interests and dispositions whom we would want to spend some of our limited free time with becomes a little more difficult.  To be clear here I am referring to meeting and making best friends, not meeting and find a significant other; though that isn’t too easy either.

When we were children, the friend making process was much simpler.  This is basically because we were put together with others in our same age group in our respective classes five days a week, and many of those children lived either in our own neighborhoods, or at least nearby, so that we could then associate/commiserate with them outside of school.  We often times also ended up playing in youth leagues with some of these peers too, thus further increasing the possibility that we each find at least one like-minded soul that we could form a bond with and become best of friends.

Well, apparently this process of making close and potentially lifelong friends has been deemed a not so good thing by a number of primary schools in the UK.  Under the guise of protecting the children in those schools from the potential hurt that could come from the possibility of a break-up with a best friend, these schools have decided to not allow the children to play in small groups or form clicks.  Instead the children are encouraged (forced?) to play in large groups.  I know the intentions are good, but you know what they say about best intentions…

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