As a general rule, I'm trying to stay positive about the upcoming move. I think we are moving to a great area. There are going to be lots of new, positive experiences for my girls, and hopefully me. I spent the morning researching schools on Niche and discovered that 16 elementary schools from the county I want to move to, ranked in the top 20 in the state. 13 of the middle schools ranked in the top 20 and 8 of the high schools. It's a great area and there is going to be so much to do.
But the reality is my children are going to be leaving behind some pretty special friends. Rena, who is in 5th grade, is finally starting to make some really good friends here. I know that sounds like she has trouble making friends, but that's not true. She has just been content with her best friend (across the street) and hasn't really needed or shown interest too much in connecting with others. She enjoys other friends, but I just haven't really seen her bond with anyone too very much. Until recently. My twins, however, make lots of friends wherever they go. Especially Riley. I swear, she's going to be the kind of girl that has 20 bridesmaids. But even they are growing their social circles every day.
We just finished up our basketball season and there is/was real potential to facilitate some bonding among the teams. If the temperature will ever make it out of the teens, we will be starting our softball season. I'm sure it's going to be a great experience. The girls already know several team mates and softball here is very serious. At least 2 if not 3 practices a week and then games. There will be lots of time for friendships to form and bonds to strengthen. And yet I'm torn. It's difficult to put the time and effort into connecting with new people knowing that there really is no point. We'll be gone in about 15 weeks. Wow. That's it. All of those connections for my children will be lost. So, I'm left deciding how much I want to encourage these fresh friendships and how much I want to insulate my children from the pain of leaving it all behind. Moving sucks. Even when you get to go to some place better.