While it would have been great to see Peridot fuse with another gem, instead Steven Universe taught kids an important lesson about consent. Although Peridot was initially excited about the prospect of fusion, she was also still tentative, because it was an activity she had never experienced before. And even though Garnet and Peridot began the fusion dance, part way through Peridot changed her mind. She'd been nervous, sure, but she gave it a shot before deciding she wasn't really ready. What was really great was that Garnet was totally okay with that.
So it's okay to say yes to trying new things - getting your ears pierced, getting a tattoo, skydiving, having a first kiss, or perhaps something more intimate. And once you're at the point when it's time to do whatever it is you weren't sure about, it's okay to back down and change your mind. There's absolutely no shame in that, and if somebody really cares for you, they'll accept your decision without pressuring you. Garnet was proud of Peridot for trying, and proud of her for telling the truth about not being ready to fuse. Following her example, we shouldn't make fun of others if they decide they're not ready for something.
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