Although it wasn't a long move, the change was pretty significant. I went from city to small town, from a non-traditional school to regular public school. Being the new kid in school also meant that people saw me as new and interesting. In the year or two before we had moved, I had lost all of my friends and was being bullied because, as one girl informed me, they didn't like how smart I was. So having all my new classmates want me as their friend was surprising and overwhelming.
I sat alone at lunch the first day. A few kids from different tables came over to ask if I wanted to play with them. By then, I was so overwhelmed that I just wanted to be left alone. I didn't know anything about the people here, about who shared my interests and who didn't, and I hated the pressure of their expectations. I could tell that this choice was important and that they all wanted me to make it as soon as possible. But I lacked the information necessary to make such a big decision.
Then, near the end of lunch, a little brunette girl came over. Looking at the ground and speaking in a tiny voice, she asked if I wanted to spend recess with her and her friends.
I liked her right away. She wasn't like the others, who seemed to think I should give them my friendship immediately and without second thought. This girl was quiet and undemanding and clearly didn't think I would say yes.
So I did.
That is the story of how I met my best friend LaPriel.