Matt and Mandy

    “Matt and Mandy,” Friend, Feb. 2008, 17

    Matt and Mandy

    Matt and Mandy at playground

    Illustrations by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

    I don’t like Tiffany, that new girl. Let’s ignore her.

    She just wants to have friends. Don’t you?

    I don’t interfere where I’m not wanted. Let’s not give her a valentine.

    You know the rule—everybody gives everybody a valentine.

    Then we’ll all write mean things on her valentines, and that includes you—understand?

    I understand that she has feelings too, and I’m not going to do it.

    Then you might just get the same treatment as she does.

    Hey, Tiffany, want to swing?

    Thanks for the nice valentine, Mandy. And for playing with me.

    You’re a child of God, and so am I. That makes us sisters, and I like being with you.