We changed the schools this year. It was a good change. The old school was wonderful, but so is the new. This was a change desired by one, not really thought about for one, and dreaded by one. You'd think that the oldest would be the one that was fighting the change. I mean, right before high school and all, but she was actually the one looking forward to it. Because for her it all boiled down to friends. Well, for my rising 3rd grader, it all boiled down to friends and that is why this change was awful for her.
She has had the same bestie since kindergarten and they have been lucky enough to be in the same class for three years. Well, leaving her was the hardest thing for my girl to deal with. It was months of anxiety and heartache. I felt so bad for her but as a parent, I knew that the choice to change was the right one. We have had so many conversations about this and she just struggled. I think the fact that we only live 15 minutes from her best friend just made it worse to move schools because were weren't moving far away.
So Monday, the first day of school finally arrived and it was great for everyone else - just fine for my 3rd grader. She was blah about the whole thing. I knew something was up. And once I got her talking the truth came out. She missed her friend. She was afraid she would be replaced. And in turn she was afraid she would replace the bestie with a new one. She felt guilty because it was a great day, she made new friends and was happy. Ahhh... poor baby. We talked more. I told her it was okay for her to have friends at school. She needed that! But that doesn't mean the BFF bond between the two of them was going away. It would still be there. I think she listened some, understood some and went into Tuesday a little better.
And Tuesday was a great day - and she said so.
I journaled the whole story...
And I finally used the new stencil I bought. Love it!
Most of the stuff I used for this page are what is left of my Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection. I am down to the scraps! I can't wait for the new releases!!!
Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for stopping by!