My daughter came home from school one day with a free admission coupon for the circus. She wouldn't stop talking about going, so my husband decided we should. Then we ended up getting seats with her best friend's family. When I told Juli, she said, "Now we can LAUGH together! Because there's clowns at the circus!"
My 5-year-old is very smart! One of the most important things you can do for any friendship is to laugh. Loud and often. Not the cruel mocking laughter that I'm terrified she'll encounter in junior high, but the laughter of fun, camaraderie, and enjoyment of each other's company.
And the children did laugh together. There was plenty of sparkle to hold the girls' interest, and plenty of daring stunts to captivate the boys. Although I'm a little afraid that my son was taking mental notes from the motocross guys. He was enthralled.
Do you laugh with your friends and family regularly? I hope you do! It's something I need to work on doing more often, especially at home with my family.
Day One: 31 Days to Real-Life Relationships