... let's say you are the parents of a 2nd grade girl named, oh, Ashlin. (Note this is totally unrelated to anything we have talked about lately. This will be good news or bad news, depending on your point of view.) Let's suppose further...
... that a family built a house next door to you and moved in 7 months ago.
... that among their four children is a 1st grade girl named, oh, Lillian.
... that Ashlin and Lillian play together sometimes, go to the same school, see each other at the bus stop every morning, and generally get along famously. Sure, your (hypothetical) daughter is not BFF's* with Lillian, but hey, it's only been 7 months, and at least 6 of those were what we call "Winter", when nobody talks to each other.
* - Best Friends Forever. Yeah, I had to have that one told to me.
... that Ashlin is having a birthday party, and you are inviting, oh, 20 friends. Including Cory, another 1st grader, a very nice girl who lives directly across the street.
In this purely hypothetical situation... you would be certain, as Ashlin's parents, that you invited Lillian, the girl next door, right? RIGHT?
You would, wouldn't you?
- Aw2pp, who wonders how Ann Landers would have handled this...