I now have experienced what I could only have imagined up until now: the heartbreak of watching my kid be rejected. It’s happened a few times lately, where my very friendly and engaging little boy is overjoyed to see another kid that he knows. For every ounce of eagerness and enthusiasm that he expresses, they demonstrate the opposite; and with an air of complete disinterest, leave him smiling and eventually crying. This leaves me incredibly sad and somewhat angry. But my boy recovers from such setbacks quickly and with a minimum of apparent suffering.
I’m realizing that my son is offering me an opportunity here. Now is as good a time as any to rethink rejection. So it would seem that it’s time for a new motto: in the face of rejection, smile and move on.