Sorry this might be long and rambling.
A little backround is my daughter has always had a hard time making friends. I'm not sure why. I don't know if she tries too hard to fit in or what the issue is.
Anyway last week some girls from school that live in out neighbourhood came to the door to invite her to the park to hang out. I let her go because I've known one of the girls forever (she lives right behind us) and even though she's not great friends with DD they have done a few things together in the past.
long story short it was fine and DD hung out with them two more times. This week DD called the other girl (not the neighbour) and asked if they wanted to walk home from school together. The girl said yes, but DD said she felt like something was "off". DD ended up walking with them and said it was the most fun she has had. Just to add it is a group of 3 that walk home, 4 if you add in DD.
Cue to yesterday, DD asked them in the morning if they all wanted walk home together again. All of the kids said they were taking the bus. Okay, I pick both kids up normally anyway so she was going to ride with me. As DD and I were waiting for DS to get to the van we saw the group of kids all walking together (away from the bus and towards home..obviously walking together). As soon as they saw DD they ran away.
She was so upset it was terrible. We ended up not going directly home as I had an errand to run that took 30 minutes. As we were driving up to our house we saw them ringing the doorbell and running away. DD got out and told them they could have just told her if they didnt want to walk with her, but they walked away from her.
Whew, if you made it this far tha is for listening. I just needed to get it out. I know today will be a hard day for her, and to be honest I cried after I dropped her off. Social exclusion is really tough and my heart is breaking for her.