I have tried to help Dylan cultivate friendships. I plan play dates as frequently as I can. Some of them go well. Some of them do not. Years ago, I invited one of the moms in the Mom's Club over with her son and daughter. My boy, who has never been especially affectionate, spent the majority of the play date doing this...
I was dumbfounded!
(Later, he tried to impress her by eating his shoe).
Quite a while after that, I had them over to my new house. That play date did not go as well. There were a lot of these looks being exchanged...
When her mom told her to say goodbye, she said, "GOOD-BYE! I'm leaving!", with a great deal of attitude, whipping her hair around in the process. I'm not sure if he is pouting, or acting indifferent?)
No hugs were exchanged that day. The other mom and I lost touch, and we didn't see them again until this year, when we passed in the hall at Dylan's preschool. The two of them didn't even seem to remember each other.
But, I guess that is the way it is with friendship. People come into our lives, some for years, others for months, some just a day, but each leave an impression. Each serve a purpose.
Some are in our lives to share a hobby, some to share complaints with, some to lend a listening ear, some to make us laugh. Some come at a time when we just... need to hug someone.