Can I Sit With You?

For those of you with kids, it may be easy to remember what school used to be like when you, yourself, were younger. The weird rivalries, the sudden “we’re-friends-no-we’re-not” occurances, the way you could pass a note to someone and simply ask them to be your friend (before you even knew their last name)..

Maybe you remember that kid who’s last name rhymed with some unfortunate cuss word and who was forever called “Becky Shithead” on the playground as a result. Or the time you fell down and scabbed your knee and all the kids called you “Scabs” for the rest of grade four.

Perhaps you’ve already gone through years of therapy to get over the childhood trauma of being picked last for double-dutch at recess or for the whole Lord of the Flies thing that happened every time a teacher turned her back.

But if you haven’t, or if the therapy didn’t “stick”, you may want to check out Can I Sit With You?

It’s a place where adults share stories about their childhoods on the playground and in the classroom. And soon, those stories will be published in a big ol’ book! Double the therapeutic value!

Perhaps you’d care to contribute? Maybe you’d like to tell one of the authors that they were not, in fact, alone in their suffering – by leaving a comment?

At the very least, reading the stories will help you to empathize when your child comes home and announces that “Nobody likes me!” and it will totally prevent you from simply respond with the pat, “Of course they like you! You’re my special boy!

Go forth.


  1. Sylvain says:

    …but but…..I WAS her special boy…

  2. Melle says:

    Jesus, could that be any more depressing?

  3. Sylvain says:

    Yeah some of those stories are depressing, others are just whining. When you read them back to back, you want to slap some of those people and tell them to get over it, move on already. But it did give me an idea for a post on my blog. Soon.

  4. […] that at that age, it means absolutely everything.  So why am I thinking about all this? Well, a post on Violet’s blog led me to this site where people are telling sad stories about their school days. I read a few […]

  5. Shan says:

    Erm. Hmm. Well, many of the stories are quite humorous, others offer successful examples of conflict resolution. And stories of goals achieved!

    The goal isn’t just to commiserate, it’s to share stories about figuring out the social politics of the school yard. Or, in many cases about not figuring them out.

    Please, if you don’t find what you’re expecting, submit a story! And keep reading. We’ve got some excellent racial/religious/sexual orientation stories coming up in the next two weeks.

    For the record, while I was a perpetual social malcontent, my co-editor was so totally not. We’ve got that spectrum covered, too.

    Regardless, thanks for the mention!

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