Christopher is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friend Ollie, the dog, can't understand it - how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day?
Ollie has lots of suggestions for how to make him feel better. Christopher's mood didn't change much, but he did start to feel a little better after having a long talk with Ollie. It was as if Ollie could see into him and understand what he was feeling, which made him feel closer to his friend. They had a lovely time together.
Christopher fell asleep while he and Ollie were talking. They had been up all night, so the sleep wasn't surprising. Christopher woke up feeling a little better and happier than when he went to sleep. He thought it was probably because of the nap, or maybe because his best friend had been listening to him all night long.
Ollie said, "I'm so glad you're feeling better! I feel like we really connected last night. You were able to open up to me and say things you couldn't say before. It's so good that you trust me enough to do that. And now I know how to help you when you're feeling this way again!"
Christopher was surprised because he thought Ollie only cared about the little things - he would never have guessed they had such a deep connection!
Christopher said, "I'm sorry if I made it seem like I don't care about what's going on with both of us. Sometimes it gets hard because I think no one understands what it feels like."
Ollie said, "That makes sense--no one can understand your thoughts and feelings but yourself." "But that doesn't mean that you should be alone with them either."
Christopher looked at his friend with admiration and said, "You always know just what to do and say." Ollie replied, "I don't do it alone. I'm always here for you - just like you're always there for me." Then Ollie smiled and said, "Let's go get something to eat."
The two friends went to the park to have a picnic. Ollie told Christopher that he was proud of him for feeling better, and they then hugged. Christopher felt happy again because he felt like it was ok for him to have feelings - he just needed someone who would listen to them.
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