Playcenter Pals

A ride on a cart with Audrey and Noah, what fun!  On Tuesdays I take Milo to Playcenter.  It's like a parent-coop-preschool, where you can bring your kids and they can play with the cool toys and do messy stuff like paint and glue and scissors.  It's not a childcare center--parents stay there with the kids for the most part.  We met Laura there with her two kids, Audrey and Noah, and have become buddies.  Laura is headed back home in a couple weeks, and when I mentioned to a kiwi mom there that I was sad to see her leave, she gave the obvious advice to make new friends.  She was just trying to be helpful, so I know I shouldn't let the comment niggle me....but it does.  When you've just moved, been lonely, and finally found a new friend, the last thing you want to do is repeat that whole process.

A ride on a cart with Audrey and Noah, what fun! On Tuesdays I take Milo to Playcenter. It’s like a parent-coop-preschool, where you can bring your kids and they can play with the cool toys and do messy stuff like paint and glue and scissors. It’s not a childcare center–parents stay there with the kids for the most part. We met Laura there with her two kids, Audrey and Noah, and have become buddies. Laura is headed back home (Alaska) in a couple weeks, and when I mentioned to a kiwi mom there that I was sad to see her leave, she callously advised me to make new friends. She was just trying to be helpful, so I know I shouldn’t let the comment niggle me….but it does.  When you’ve just moved, spent a long time being lonely and then finally found a new friend, the last thing you want to do is repeat that whole process. 

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4 thoughts on “Playcenter Pals

  1. Imagine yourself like Milo…he will enthusiastically embrace the next kids he meet and make new friends. You can do Molly, it won’t be easy but I have faith you will find a new friend. You never know what’s around the corner. When a door closes God opens a window…I’ll be praying for you to meet someone soon.

  2. I understand fully Molly. I too wish you Godspeed in finding a new friend. It’s a challenge. By the way, your cousin John Harro, says hello & he hopes you are settling in well in your new country of choice. We crossed paths at a recent event. Big hug to Milo, who looks exceptionally happy in this picture!

  3. Totally understand since we went through this when we were expats in England. Actually, a lot of the English people who hadn’t traveled/lived outside the UK kept us at arm’s length since they had been friends with and lost many American expat friends (we lived in an area with many American expats). I’ll hope that – like us – you find additional friends quickly. We found that having a 2-year-old was a great way to make friends:)

  4. Just for the record we were VERY SAD to say goodbye to Molly and Milo as well. It has been so special playing and enjoying their company and getting the kids together to play. I found a true connection with her and the kids did as well. Audrey keeps reminding me randomly that “Molly and Milo are her friends”. I say “Yes, they’re good friends” I’m looking forward to our next encounter with the Shaw family!

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