01 Oct G Day Story: Robin
Robin Gill is Global National’s weekend anchor and British Columbia’s correspondent. Since arriving at Vancouver’s national newsroom in December 2008, Gill has reported on some of the biggest news stories across Canada and around the world, including the high-profile inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport, the United Nations meeting in Geneva at which world leaders discussed how to handle former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. We thank her for this honest G Day Story!
When I was 11 years old, I remember breaking up with my best friend. I’m not even sure what happened. One day, I had to stay home sick. When I returned to school the next day, she had moved onto another group of girls.
I wrote her a note asking what had gone wrong and left it in her desk. She didn’t write back. Instead, her new group would snicker when I would walk down the hallway. I kept my head high. I refused to let it get to me. I felt very lonely. I hated looking over and seeing her hanging with the other girls. So I found myself spending more time with my teachers and a different group of friends. They were much more serious and mature. They weren’t into gossip. I was around people who told me to ignore the “mean girls”.
At that point, I realized couldn’t wait to grow up. I was always reading magazines and books and realized there was a whole world outside elementary school politics.
By the time the school year ended, we became friends again. After months of walking by each other and pretending not to see each other, one day we both said “hello”.
We decided to have a talk. She confided that there were some things in her life that she couldn’t really explain to me. I tried to understand why she cut me off.
Maybe it was because we were going into Grade 7 and we were going to be so grown up – being senior and all – that we decided to bury the hatchet.
What I learned from that situation and throughout the years, whenever I had tiffs with my friends, I realize that sometimes things are going on in our lives that we can’t always share with each other but we should never take it personally.