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.