She Says… Buddies

I know I have sung the praises of daycare in the past: social interaction with other kids, routine and structure in a classroom setting, arts and crafts the likes of which I would never think to do at home, language development, skills learned from watching his little friends, practice being away from Benjamin and I, listening to a teacher and following rules, and on and on. But in the last week, a new development has absolutely reinforced the wonderful things that daycare does for Owen (which was actually perfect timing, because even though I adore our flexible situation that allows me to both work AND be home a lot, the hustle and bustle of the holidays had me pining to be a stay at home mom like so many of my friends!).

A few days ago Owen came home saying a word I couldn’t figure out. “Koy” “Ko-ee” “Koi”. I would repeat a few words, trying to figure out what he was saying. “Toys?” “Boy?” “Coin?”. “Noooo! Koy-een!” Owen would correct. I gave up.

Then one morning I was babbling on and on about how it was a school day and Owen was going to see all of his friends and blah blah blah, and Owen said, “Coy-een?”. Then I got it. Corin. He has a friend at school named Corin.

“Oh, CORIN?” I asked? “YUP!”, Owen beamed. “Coyeen. BUDDY!”.

Corin is his buddy.

Owen has a best friend.

The teachers have confirmed it. They eat breakfast and lunch together. They are two of the more mobile kids in the class and they are often climbing and running and playing together. They babble to each other. They seek each other out  in the mornings. Corin has a twin brother and Owen will often talk about “Coyeen. BRUDDER. BUDDY.”.

Bestill my heart. That’s something I couldn’t replicate at home, no matter how I tried (except, you know, if I had given Owen his own twin brother!).

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10 responses to “She Says… Buddies

  1. That is cool that Owen has a friend, my kid thinks she’s a dog, so there’s a good argument for the merits of daycare. 🙂

  2. Holy frig I can’t stand how cute that is!!!!!!!! Awwwwww!!!!!!!!

  3. *swoon* That is so stinkin cute. Ryan still doesn’t talk much, but one of the little girls in his room told me recently that she loves him. 🙂

  4. OMG this is so cool it had me tearing up!! 🙂
    Look at how cute they are together – awwwwwwwwww 🙂

  5. “Coyeen. BUDDY!”. Did your heart melt or what?!
    Love it!

  6. SOOOOO CUTE!! blaine has a best friend [neighbor girl] and although he can’t say her name, when i ask him about her, he BEAMS. so cute! young love. 😉

  7. Well, you could always give him a LITTLE brother! 🙂 Seriously, though, so adorable! I love when Ethan talks about his buddies at school. And I love when I get to see the budding friendships at drop-off and pick-up, or when the teachers tell me about what he and his friends have been up to! Like you, I have those moments of wishing I stayed at home — and then he chats about his friends, tells me all about the activities he’s doing at school, or tells me one of the school “rules” (and proceeds to follow it at home — thank you to his teachers!), and I’m reminded of why day care can be such a good thing for him! (And me, too!!)

  8. Cutest post EVER. I teared up and made my husband turn the news down so I could read it to him. that PICTURE! Our wee boy is going to be a daycare dude, and I feel the same about the socialisation and activity side of things- it’s so nice to read an actual positive story though 🙂

  9. Absolutely adorable! 🙂

  10. I love this story! So cute!

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