Some parents aren’t careful about who their kids have for friends. They say it is “my child’s choice, not mine”. Bull Crap!
From an early age I’ve been careful and selective of my children’s friends. I’ve gently guided them. I’ve said “NO you are not hanging out with that BRAT ever again.”
I’ve told my child how valuable their reputations are and reputations hinge on who they associate with.
Call me a snob. I really don’t care what you think of me (anyway, I’m a Vampire so whatever). What I DO care about is my children and their safety and future. Go through my old posts and you’ll find many many better written entries about friendship, tolerance, standing up for the down trodden, making good choices and about families – different kinds of friends and families.
That said…there are few Vampires around for my ultra social kids to hang out with so some of their friends are other kinds of people…not like us.
That does not mean they aren’t good people – just a little different.
Just like “Don’t hang with idiots” has been a mantra of mine, the other more important one has been “ALL FAMILIES ARE DIFFERENT”. You have to respect THAT – because good people come in all sorts of configurations.
Max gave me a grim look “But you were attacked by a werewolf less than a year ago.”
“A misunderstanding between friends.” I said gently. “Besides, your best friend was a regular human remember?”
“That was different.”
“No it wasn’t. They’re a lot the same. Both are great kids who do well in school. They’re nice and polite. They respect others. They’re funny when some big glaring Vampire isn’t looking over their shoulders. And they’re always interesting. They also have great parents who I like and respect. I swear Max, the world would be a boring place if everyone was a Vampire.”
What I need to explain was that growing up Max and my husband Teddy were best friends. They still are. Only Teddy wasn’t a Vampire back then – not until he was 26 (save that horrible story for another day).
I guess there isn’t much more to this story except that friends are like presents. It isn’t the packaging – it is what is inside!
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman