When I was 16, my dad decided to move us across town. Away from the house I’d been in my ENTIRE life. Needless to say, as an introverted, established teenager, I was not very happy. I liked my house, my school, my friends, and I suspect I was a big pain in the rear, rather than a big help when it came to selling the house. It took us about a year to sell the house, and while we did still move across town I was able to spend my senior year at the same high school. I still made some new friends in the new area (thank you church!) and I got to visit some really great businesses and shops I would never have known before.
Fast forward ten years and I found myself moving us across the country. Although kinda sad to leave all of our friends and family behind, it’s somewhat exciting to take your little family to a new place. Little Princess was almost 1. I don’t know how much we talked to her about moving. She was just excited to take a plane ride! She loved running around an empty apartment and checking out new parks. Much better than a 16 year old grumpy pants.
Now she’s 4 and we’re looking at another big move. And I find myself thinking, how do I explain this to my daughter? “Hey honey, how would you like to see grandma and grandpa more often?” How do I explain that she’ll no longer go to her preschool class, or see her friends? How much can you even prepare of 4 year old for something like that?