288. A New Friend
Sandra was an eight-year-old girl. Her best friend
to be her neighbor, who had unfortunately moved
another state about a month ago. Sandra was
about her friend's move. They still send emails
text messages to each other to keep in
, but she already felt their friendship falling apart.
, a new family had moved into the house
her friend used to live in. It was
family of four, a married couple with two
. One of the children was a five-year-old boy,
the other was a girl who was one
older than Sandra. Sandra's mother and father had
over to introduce themselves as neighbors. Sandra's mother
Sandra head over and do the same. Sandra
not fond of the idea. Nonetheless, Sandra's mother
and forced her to introduce herself to their
When walking over, Sandra noticed the five-year-old
of the neighbor's family playing in the mud
their front yard. Sandra approached him and said, "
, I'm Sandra. We are neighbors. What is your
?" The boy looked up at Sandra and yelled, "
'm Benjamin!" He then flung a mud ball at
. She screamed in shock. Benjamin's older sister then
out of her house to see what was
on, and noticed Sandra with mud all over
Benjamin's sister apologized to Sandra and scolded
saying, "Benjamin, apologize! Why did you do that?"
replied yelling, "Because she killed my men and
on castle!" Sandra then noticed she was standing
on his toy soldiers. Sandra then apologized and
's sister began to laugh at her and said, "
't worry about it! I'm Jessica. What's your name?"
two began talking. It was the beginning of