When I was growing up my grandmother had an embroidered wall hanging that said, “Make new friends but keep the old. The new are silver and the old are gold.” I think the embroidery was done by my aunt (her daughter) and it was decorated by two girls in bonnets facing one another. I always sang it to myself, with the tune from the brownies that I learned as a young girl. Now, just so you don’t get any false ideas about me, I did not a good brownie make. I think I did it for one year, and I just didn’t like the whole crafty aspect and it all seemed fake to me. Not that I hold that against anyone who does like brownies and girl scouts, ya’ll are probably way better at it than me.
Anyway. Yesterday, we were able to meet another family who will be in our new world!! They happened to be in town visiting their family for the holidays and since our husbands will be in the same class, and both facility managers, we thought it’d be cool to meet. And, how amazing is that! We shared our giddiness, our excitement, and some cookies. Our kids got along great and so did we. (Those of you with kids know how rare that is). We spent time guessing and trying to piecemeal together what life might be like, and things like how many people will be in their class, how exactly the bidding process works, where might be cool to get posted, etc., etc., etc.
It’s comforting to make new friends. And comforting to keep the old. I’m trying to cement our ties here for a few reasons: I figure it will make the transition easier for my kids and their friends if we all have time to process together how our relationships might change, and so we can feel the solidity of roots here in Texas, which I hope will help all of us feel like “home” isn’t just in our imaginations. I have no idea how that will all play out with time, but I want to feel connected to the people here who have meant so much to us over the past 11 years. My plan is to treat my old friends (and no, I’m not saying any of you are old 😉 like the gold that they are.
EEEEEEK! This is all getting more real by the day. Until now, we felt a little like that odd flower at the floral department of the grocery store, you know the one that no one knows the name of, but thinks it looks interesting. But now, we aren’t alone. We are starting to really feel a part of the community we’ve joined. That is helped along by having new followers to my blog- YEA!- who have been there/ done that and who are like rock stars to us in our stalking of FS peoples and places. (Please don’t think us too weird, it’s just so surreal trying to get a grasp of what life might be like).
In other news, still waiting on that package that will contain salary info. Pins and needles, folks, pins and needles.