So, for the third year we’ve attended the end-of-year ceremonies for our kid’s school. Each kid gets a little certificate of completion. And it’s a big deal this year since the Montessori school has its first high school graduate! Cool!
The first school event we attended was at this covered basketball court. Trevor and I (with our orbiting kids) barely knew anyone, weren’t sure who spoke English, weren’t good enough yet to really have a Spanish conversation, and accidentally sat with all the students because we didn’t know what to do. I longed to have a tribe.
Well, I can safely say that we have one now. I greeted at least 12 different parental groups with kisses on the cheek, held someone’s else’s baby, and had another 5 year old girl come and hold my hand, and understood a classmate when she ran over to tell me my daughter se cayó. The other kids gathered around my girl making sure she was ok. Heartwarming.
I made plans for play dates and dinner parties. Parents thanked me for taking the school photos. Speaking of which…
I had a sweaty blast taking the school photos a couple weeks ago. High schoolers assisted me and taught me how to say espalda derecha! Straight back! Haha. I sat the kindergartners under the mango tree for shade. Later realizing I was lucky because it’s mango season and they tend to drop off the trees and bonk people on the head. !!!
I had a chance to chit chat with the teenagers. I like teens. I get along well with them.
Wow. Three years have flown!
How wonderful that you feel that you fit in now. Good for you, I know it must have been very difficult when you first moved not knowing anyone. That is great you got to use your photography skills, too 🙂