I wasn't sure how the kids would handle the day, since this was fairly uncharted territory. We planned a goodbye party, where we would eat our friend's favorite foods (PB&J and ice cream) and listen to our friend's favorite song (The water cycle song).
Throughout the day there were lots of amazing words of love and encouragement:
"You're my friend"
"I'm happy for you"
"Have fun in Georgia!"
"Please write letters"
"I will miss you so much"
"I love you"
Without any direction, our friend came to each of us individually at the end of the day and gave us a shoulder tap with individual words of love. Everyone responded, with either words or hugs, and it was clear that there was a big impact made. These kids are truly friends and they pushed past some of their social and sensory comfort levels to show their friend that they will miss him. I was so moved by this outpouring of love, and so proud of this community that we have created. Thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!