Day 18 – Moving On

15 Jul

Do you remember when you were a kid and your best friend moved away? Maybe you were that kid that had to move when you were twelve years old and leave all your friends and your school to start over in a strange place. Either way, it tough on everyone involved, perhaps more difficult for the one moving than the one staying put.

Last night Seldon had his friend Jacob stay over night and they played video games until the wee hours of the morning. The photo is from a couple of months ago. Jacob is all the way on the left and Seldon is all the way on the right. I wish I had taken a photo last night, but I thought they’d get to see each other again before Jacob moves. However, when his mother picked him up today she said they were moving earlier than they had thought at first.

It is very likely the boys won’t have a chance to get together again before he goes. So, I reminded Seldon as Jacob was leaving to give his friend a hug. Twelve year old boys love all that huggy stuff. They did it because I said so, but what ensued was a friendly punching match to see who could get the last slug in the arm in–boys!

Seldon has lots of friends at school, but when it comes down to the buddies he does stuff with after school, on weekends and during the summer, three of the four of them are in the above photo. Seldon’s good friend Jacob is moving to British Columbia, and he was one upset kid today after Jacob left. It’s tough when friends move away, but I think it is especially tough when you’re a kid. I tried to console him by reminding him that they could stay in touch on facebook etc., but let’s face it, that’s just not the same.

I wish Jacob and his parents safe travels and a happy life in their new home. I hope Jacob adjusts well and finds lots of great friends like he had here in Fredericton. As for Seldon, he’ll adjust and make new friends but it sure sucks that life has a way of bringing these little heartaches along. I have learned that friendship is worth the loss you experience, no matter how those friends move on from our lives.

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2 Responses to “Day 18 – Moving On”

  1. Tait July 15, 2011 at 10:12 PM #

    So sad. He’s so fortunate to have a mom who cares and understands.

  2. Leanne July 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM #

    One thing I’ve learned in the past year is how amazingly resilient kids are! My kids certainly miss their friends in Freddy, but they have moved on much more easily than I have! Thankfully, on this trip home, we are enjoying seeing our old friends, but we’re all looking forward to heading back to London and connecting with the new friends we’ve been privileged to make. I hope Seldon is able to stay in touch with his buddy! Technology certainly made our move easier!

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