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August 17, 2017

I am completely torn between: Yesss!  Made it! and Now what am I going to do? I, like so many mothers about to send our kids off to school today to embark on a new school year of adventure, learning, and friends.  


Please don't get me wrong, I do love and adore my kids. I love spending time with them. We have had so much fun exploring probably too many nooks and corners of the world during the last few months.  The boys see and discover things I don't, and raise my curiosity about things I never imagined.  I love sharing the things I am interested in with them, too.  But. It's been a long LOOONNGG summer, and I dare say that all of us are more than ready to add a little more structure into our lives.  We are ready for variety, too, in the people we spend our time with (friends, yay!), and new books and things to occupy our time.  School is definitely a good thing.


Unlike the last three years where we were staying in the same post, now we've moved and are the 'new kids' and have to work extra hard during those first few weeks of school.  I will continue to repeat my mantra to the boys: one can never have too many friends.  They are fortunate to have at least two instant friends on the playground.  No matter where in the world we move, they will have two people who will be by their side, no matter what.  Not everyone is that lucky.  I think it's so important to have compassion for those who don’t have such good fortune;  Now, as new kids, they don't yet have that circle of supportive friends.  I know it will be hard from them to really understand that they have left the security and casual acceptance of their circles of friends and now have to reach out to an unknown.  You know what, though? Now they are the new kid, and have to show that they themselves have something to offer.  T