Matt and Mandy
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    “Matt and Mandy,” Friend, October 2017

    Matt and Mandy

    Matt and Mandy

    Illustrations by Matt Sweeney

    Ugh! I just don’t get this assignment. Why can’t I be more like Abby? She’s so smart. And everyone likes her.

    Later …

    Abby, are you OK?

    I … It’s nothing. I’m fine.

    You’re really lucky.

    Me? Lucky? But you’re so smart, and you have lots of friends, and …

    But not close friends like you do. And you always look so … happy. I wish I could be more like you.

    Later, Mandy tells Mom about her day …

    I wonder if it’s easier to see the good stuff in other people than in yourself. I think Abby and I both have a lot to be grateful for.