My friend, L, and her family have moved to a new home 100 kms from where they used to live. It's paradise but it's still scary. L writes:
"... tomorrow our real life here will start. To be honest I’m a bit scared.
What if the kids don’t like their new schools?
What if they don’t make any friends?
What if I don’t make any friends?"
I have a solution. It comes from Miss 16. Yesterday she started school in Chicago. 13,000 kms away. Over 4000 kids at her school. She tells me day 1 was scary. People were nice but at lunch time it was just too hard to go into the cafeteria and strike up a conversation with total strangers. How do you break into a group? There were hundreds of people. Who would want to talk to her?
Day 2 she talks to a few kids during class. Someone offers to meet her at lunch time. She gets introduced to a group of kids for lunch. They're all nice. They ask her to join one of their clubs. The Irish club. (She's not even Irish - but she does have red hair maybe that counts?) After school she gets invited downtown with a small group. They have dinner together.
Day 3 tomorrow. It's still scary. But she has friends.
The solution? It's a cliche but... just do it.