I feel that the girls spend plenty of time with their friends at kinder/ school each day (from 8:00am to 4:00/ 5:00/ 6:00 depending on the day) and they need some down time.
To be honest there's also an element of me not really liking Meg's previous BFF very much. She's not a bad kid at all but they are a case of 1+1=666 and I can do without that!
If they really want to play with someone else they can always go knock on the door of one of the (admittedly only three) neighbours with kids in their grade level. But that would be little H-chan who struggles with putting up with Meg five walks to school a week so probably isn't hanging out for a Saturday morning door bell to ring!
Well, I guess Meg has been feeling that something was lacking and she decided to take things into her own hands:
Oops. Bad picture. Oh well. Here's the translation:
Arrival time: morning
Things to bring: 100 yen, key*, snacks, bag, wallet
Names of attendees: Kanon, Meg, Amy. (3 people)
Arrival place: Okubo hill
Meeting place: Tamariya**
Thing to buy: drink
*key is incase your parents get busy and go out while you are playing. You then arrive home to an empty house and let yourself in.
**Tamariya is the local ma and pa shop about 1.2km down the hill from our house.
I gave her points for including her little sister and bringing her own snacks 'so we don't use too much money' but had to take them right back again for the incredibly vague meeting time and for thinking we would give her a key to the house and go out!
She was pretty cut when I said no way Jose and nixed the entire plan and I do feel bad for her that obviously quite a bit of planning and work went into it but she is only seven- in saner countries I'm sure it would be illegal to let her wander off down the hill for an open-ended amount of time!
We compromised and will organise a play date with her new BFF (unknown quantity as a transfer student but a case of give-the-devil-you-don't-know-a-chance) at our house, with a drop off and drop home time and I will even shout the snacks and drinks!