10 July 2015

When you're the new kid on the block

The little things matter.

When you're new and trying to find your way and figuring out where you fit in.

Little things actually feel like great big things - like where is the toilet? And what time can I go into the classroom in the morning? And is sausage sizzle every Friday? What's the fastest way to drive to work? Where can I park when I get there? Where do we get haircuts? Where do we buy cat food? What dentist and doctor do we go to?

All these things we took for granted because we knew all the routines of school and work and places to go outside of work, and we had them all down pat.

Everything is a little harder now. It takes more thought, more effort to fit in with what's going on and find our way around.

Starting straight into football on the first weekend and both boys getting player of the day was a huge bonus and confidence boost for them both.

The following week, scoring both goals to help the team win 2-1 was another great confidence booster too.

Being invited to a 9th birthday party for a new friend in his class was a great way to get to meet some more kids and a chance for mum to meet some more parents - Noah is having fun in the 'wrap the mummy' game below!

Receiving a special picture from a friend in his class was a lovely thought for Mylo too.

It's definitely not easy being the new kid on the block. When nothing is familiar and everything is an effort.

But with small little steps of progress, the unfamiliar becomes more familiar and that which seems hard gradually becomes easier.

One day at a time.... one moment at a time we will overcome the shyness, the uncertainty, the unfamiliarity, and looking back I'm sure we won't even be able to remember what it was like to be the new kid on the block.

I'm definitely looking forward to that day!

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