A school in South West London has implemented a policy banning their students from having best friends. Instead teachers encourage students to all play together in a big group. The reason is that the school wanted to save the students from the pain of splitting up with their best friend.
This idea really made me so sad.
On my first day of kindergarten while I was sobbing uncontrollably because my Mom left, a little girl came up to me and said if I stopped crying she would be my best friend. Over 30 years later she is still my best friend. I could not imagine what my childhood would not have been like without my best friend.
We were together everyday from kindergarten through eighth grade. We sat next to each other, passed notes back and forth and talked on the phone constantly. We shared all our secrets, a love for New Kids on the Block and we pushed each other to do and be our best. Through this friendship I learned how to be loyal and what it meant to have someone love me, and stick up for me. This one close friendship was the way I learned to be a friend.
When my BFF and I went to different high school I was devastated. I felt lost without my BFF and those first few months of high school were hard and some of the scariest times of my life. Yet that time taught me resilience, and showed just how strong I really was. I eventually made a lot of really amazing friends who I still lean on today.
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