How to Settle in Australia: Part 3

When you move to Australia, the big challenge is settling in. I’ve mentioned it many times around this website that it is crucial that you put in the effort to make new friends.

Not always the easiest of tasks, depending on where you live and what your circumstances are.

The first four months that we lived here in Australia were very hard on all of us, but especially so on Elizabeth. She couldn’t understand why she didn’t have any furniture, any toys in her bedroom, any friends anymore and was no longer going to playschool.

But then came Elizabeth’s fourth birthday and we had a party for her. Everything fell into place on that day. If you haven’t read about this before, you can catch up on it by reading my first two of my reprinted articles for Australia and New Zealand magazine…

Both of those articles are about settling in in Australia, so this post is a part three, sort of.

Four Years Later….

Yesterday we had a party to celebrate Elizabeth’s eighth birthday. 27 kids turned up at our local Olympic sized swimming pool for fun and games…

In the pooland food and treats…

Food & treatsAt around 4:30 PM, when that party finished, about 10 or 12 of those kids came back to our house and jumped straight into the pool again. Their parents came too, bringing wine and beer. I cooked the snags.

Needless to say, Elizabeth had a terrific time, we had a great party and it was a fantastic day.

If you did read those two articles about our settling in period, then you’ll know that Elizabeth’s fourth birthday party was a turning point in our lives here in Australia. But that party was just the beginning of us making new friends.

Yesterday’s party was totally different. Yesterday we weren’t making friends, we were sharing Elizabeth’s birthday with our friends, both hers and ours. Friends we’ve had for a long time, solid friends, friends whose company we really enjoy.

Back then I was saying what a difference four months makes. But four years makes even more.

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  • beena manu March 8, 2012, 3:54 pm | Link

    Bob,
    say my family’s hi to the naughty kid…..May God give all the blessings and colorful days to the future too ……now she is lucky with her nice parents…..So many kids never Get a chance like this……In India some places Girl child is seem to be a burden to the parents….( but not common….)here in kerala women’s are more educated than men…..

    my kid is now 4 yrs old,i know his feelings with out toys and all…..I can imagine your girl’s feelings on those days…..
    Thanks God now every thing is fine…..In future i wish her to get a husband like her father if she wish…….

    Today is the Best day
    kind regards
    beena

    • BobinOz March 10, 2012, 12:22 am | Link

      Thank you for the blessing, but what my little girl really wanted was an iPod. Just kidding 🙂

      I know in some parts of the world daughters are not considered to be worthy, but to us our little girl is very precious. Every year we just love celebrating her birthday.

      Thank you beena manu and take care.

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