Change is hard.
It’s hard to move to a new house.
It’s hard to move to a new city.
It’s hard to move away from your friends.
It’s hard to transition from preschool to kindergarten.
And our 5-year-old did all four of these in literally a few days.
Thursday, he left the only house he has ever lived in. Friday, he was at camp with some of his best pals. Saturday, he spent the day with grandparents. Sunday he flew across the country. Monday, he settled into his new house. Tuesday, he started kindergarten.
That’s head-spinning, especially for a kid.
It has not been surprising that he has had some meltdowns and tantrums the past few nights as he processes all of these changes.
After one recent fit, he calmed down and snuggled quietly next to me.
“Daddy. Nobody knows my name here. The teachers keep asking me what my name is. I miss my friends.”
He spent the past two preschool years with the same kids and even the same teachers. His new school has lots of enrichment specialists – and even the best teachers need a few days to learn everyone’s name, especially teachers he may only see one a week.
As crushing as this was to hear, I was so proud of him. He could articulate the biggest change in his life – he went from someplace where everyone knew him to a totally new environment where they…don’t.
Familiarity is replaced with opportunity.
It will feel like home soon.
But it doesn’t yet.
And that’s scary.