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…
- BobinOz. Available at All Leading Newsagents Now!
- Further Tales From Your Favourite Magazine Columnist.
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…
At 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.