I'm sure it's a different experience for everybody.
I was always a bit awkward as a child. Luckily I grew up in a neighborhood full of other kids my age, and tight friendships inevitably formed. Preschool was outside of my comfort zone though, so I spent a lot of time following old "George the gardener" around the school grounds like a baby-duck, as he pruned flowers, pulled weeds, and watered the shrubbery. He could have told me to go away, but he had a lot of patience with his little groupie. George was a genuinely kind and lovely man , and I'll never forget his friendship. ❤