the moment they said goodbye to the vacationers that became friends as they formed a sort of club out of the huge hole they dug on the beach behind their beach house.
after saying goodbye to all their california friends weeks before, this proved to be the straw that broke the camels back.
i went home and held three sobbing children's as they begged me to help them find friends in hawaii or to take them back to california where they know where the friends are.
it was painful.
it was real.
i know it will mean something.
my children now know what it means to not have a friend.
i know this to be a very important thing to be able to grasp.
i HATE watching them go through it,
but i know deep down in a place made out of trust and faith that God will use this experience to make them into who he wants them to be.
i know it.
future "needers of friends", you are welcome.
my kids now know how to sympathize with you and find kindness in their little hearts for you, based on their own experiences.
i, on the other hand, want my mommy.