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Four-year-old Parker Sullivan is highly gifted, and because of that he struggles to make friends with other children. In prekindergarten, he cried every morning because he didn't want to play with toys or his classmates. Even in his daycare, he only wanted to talk to the teachers.
He "never quite fit into a friend group," said his mother, Megan Sullivan. "He has truly struggled to find his place. He didn’t have the same interests as his peers, but he was too immature to be friends with the older kids."
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All of that changed when halfway through the year, his teachers moved him up to the kindergarten class--and he met a new classmate named Janelle. The rest, as they say, is history.
As Janelle's mother later confided to Parker's mom, she, too was having trouble making friends at school, but Parker walked into her life at just the right time. Now, the two are best pals, and--in a far cry from his earlier days--Parker can't wait to get to school each day.
"Janelle teaches him how to be a kid, running around, being silly, and picking up worms, while he teaches her to read, write, and memorize the periodic table. Their friendship truly is beautiful and innocent. They wake up excited to see each other, play all day at school together, and then ask to play after school together every single day," says Megan.
Recently, the story of the two friends became public after another mom, photographer Beanna Rendon of More Than Words Photography, took several adorable photos of the two playing together.
"As a mom and a photographer, I noticed their special bond and how truly sweet and magical it was," Rendon told ABC News.
But for Parker's mom, the kids' story shows something even bigger.
"These two provide a great reminder of how there is a friend out there for everyone. No matter how 'weird' you may be or what strengths and weaknesses you have, God puts people in your path who need your strengths and who are strong where you are weak," she said.