Yesterday I bought my two-year-old nephew this book for Hanukkah. I couldn’t resist. You Will Be My Friend is basically the picture book version of MWF Seeking BFF. Lucy, a bear, wakes up and decides that today she is going to make a new friend. But, as the jacket flap warns, “it’s harder than it looks.” Lucy spends the day searching the forest for a new friend, but every time she tries to befriend a creature, something goes wrong. She tries to scrub the smell out of a skunk. She eats all the honey when she wants to court some bees. It’s an adorable book, and I’m sure you can guess how it ends. (Hint: She does not go home friendless.)
On the back jacket flap, author Peter Brown writes “Over the years I’ve learned three important lessons about making new friends. Lesson 1: Always be yourself. Lesson 2: New friends appear when you least expect it. Lesson 3: Do not scream ‘You WILL be my friend’ at people. Trust me, that never works.”
I had to laugh when I read that, since I’m pretty sure I have actually said to a potential bestie: “You will be my friend.” But it was intended more as an endearing promise than a threat. Like when the adorable nerd in a romantic comedy assures the gorgeous lead she will love him one day. And then she does. After she gets her heart broken by the hunky dreamboat.
And, of course, while I enjoy the “you find her when you least expect it” sentiment, I don’t always think it’s true. It is sometimes. Those times are awesome. But sometimes you find friends because you put out an APB. I certainly did.
Always be yourself, though? That’s a lesson I can get behind. Especially for a two-year-old nephew.
“You will be my friend!” What do you think? Endearingly nerdy pick up line? Or just plain creepy? (To be fair, I never opened with “you will be my friend.” It was more of a parting phrase… and by then I usually had a feeling for how receptive my friend-date would be.)
If you’re in need of a super last-minute Christmas or Hanukkah gift, might I suggest a copy of MWF Seeking BFF? You can pick it up at your local bookstore and stuff it in a stocking in no time. It also fits nicely under a tree. Or a menorah.