Childhood friends

Summer 2013 photo by Jae-Ha Kim

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain.
It’s not something you learn in school.
But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship,
you really haven’t learned anything.”
― Muhammad Ali

By Jae-Ha Kim
August 31, 2013

Not too long ago, these three boys were sitting in their prams as my friends and I strolled them around the neighborhood. They had grown up socializing in the same circle, celebrating birthdays together and enjoying each other’s company on playdates.

But, oh, how they bickered with one another about whose turn it was to play with a toy that no one really wanted, but still didn’t want to relinquish.

Last week, Zack, Kyle and Joshua started kindergarten together. They looked so big, and yet so small, marching to school with their backpacks filled with notebooks, folders and snacks.

The other day, I watched them play after school. It was scorching hot out. The kids were tired. At one point or another, each child looked like he was one step away from having a meltdown of gargantuan proportions.

Then just as quickly, the three little boys quietly brought their heads together in deep concentration, searching for a fat worm (that had the good sense to remain hidden). Toys were shared. Bikes were swapped. And I could hear them plotting out a plan to get the moms to buy them treats from the ice cream truck circling the block.

Zack has two siblings. Joshua has three. Kyle is an only child. But during moments like this, it warms my heart that he has friends he can call brothers.

© 2013 JAE-HA KIM | All Rights Reserved

Comments (3)

  1. lostintrafficlights says:


  2. sequinedstrawberries says:

    aww you have a super cute kid with his super cute friends!! I was not a sharer as a kid, even though I had a brother…

  3. Natasha says:

    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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