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Juice With: ‘Don’t be scared on the first day’
To a five year old, the distance between Lonsdale and Lynn Valley can feel infinite.
Best friends Taylor Wyllie and Sami Jones, born three days apart at Lions Gate Hospital, chase the last days of summer in Taylor’s Lynn Valley backyard on Monday.
“We have two more days,” Sami tells Taylor.
The first day of kindergarten is beckoning. But for now, as the sun sets through the trees and across the backyard to the wooden playhouse, there are other priorities.
Like a couple of court jesters, the girls poke their head out the playhouse window and entertain their parents with some jokes.
“Why do birds fly south?” quizzes Taylor. “Because it’s too far to walk.”
Both girls immediately launch into a fit of giggles.
The conversation turns to school. What are their expectations for kindergarten?
“I’m excited to learn how to read,” exclaims Taylor.
“We are going to learn stuff,” adds Sami.
Their unjaded enthusiasm for the start of at least 13 years of school is refreshing.
Sami announces she’s going to be a librarian and doctor when she grows up. Taylor says she wants to be a restaurant server and wear black clothes.
Her family owns a restaurant in Kitsilano and Taylor is always telling patrons that she owns the place, her mom Carli clarifies.
Sami and Taylor scoped out their new school during a visit in the spring and made some astute observations.
“We have a principal; mine’s a boy,” says Sami. “Is yours a boy or girl, Taylor?”
Taylor hasn’t met her principal yet. Sami fills her in.
“Yeah, if there’s any problem, that’s who you go to in your school,” she says.
The friends take turns pushing each other on the wooden swing attached to the playhouse — the sparkles from Taylor’s fairy wings glistening in the sun. Now they plan their outfits for the first day of school.
“I think I might want to wear a flower dress with a shirt on top,” muses Sami.
Taylor decides she wants to wear a matching dress with little roses.
One outfit detail is for certain: they will both wear the Hello Kitty friendship necklaces they bought for each other at Lonsdale Quay.
The sunlight starts to fade and it’s time for Sami to go home for dinner.
“I don’t want Sami to leave,” cries Taylor.
The girls, whose moms met four years ago during a parent drop-in program, won’t be at each other’s side on Wednesday when school starts.
Taylor will head off to Ross Road elementary, while Sami goes to Queensbury elementary.
After plenty of stalling, the moms gently tell them it’s time for Sami to go. The girls get in one final hug. Afterwards, Taylor is still visibly upset.
Sami comforts her, saying she can have two stickers the next time they see each other, referring to their trading arrangement.
As Sami and her mom leave through the backyard gate, she imparts one last piece of advice to her friend: “Don’t be scared on the first day.”