Yeterday, Riley's new friend T. (the one who walks her into school most days) joined us on the playground for a couple of minutes. Riley grabbed a swing, and T. took the one next to her, when another, bigger girl came up, and said to T., "Get off that swing. I want to use it!"
T., a streetwise kid, didn't budge, but here's the surprising part...
Riley said, loudly, "Hey! She's my friend!"
Now, true, Riley didn't quite "get" the social implication that this girl could have flattened her, and might have if I wasn't standing there.
However....she did "get" the whole scenario. She understood an injustice was occuring, and attempted to stand up for her friend.
In the end, I evil-eyed the girl and she went away.
And we all lived happily ever after.
I have a really good evil-eye.