Houston is a big city, but I'm finding I live in a small corner. Ten months in I am bumping into people I know, or who know people I know, everywhere I go.
School's out, YAY! I enrolled the kids in a nearby VBS on the recommendation of parents from our private school. When we rocked up this morning, suddenly our kids were bumping into friends from our private and our public school. Immediately they felt at ease, and I knew they would be fine.
A friend came to help me make the most of my two hours kid free, and we packed up our books and then I threw some plants in a planter for her. She came to help me...armed with shoes to give me, fresh yums from the bakery, and fresh fruit for us to snack on...you know, as new friends do (I am so lucky). The world is full of amazing people. If you're settled with established friends and feel your crowd is full, you might want to think again, you never know what amazing person you're crossing paths with that might become a dear friend.
As my friend and I dashed to pick up our kids, I remembered I had to pick up some pots I arranged to buy off a local trading group. I wiped the dirt from my cheek, and washed my hands with a wipe before dashing in to pick up the kids, seeing more people I knew. Half an hour later, when I arrived at the house to pick up the pots, I discovered that the mom had just picked up her child from the same VBS! We knew the same people.
Before heading home, we drove past the new house, just a couple blocks away. When I saw a child looking out the window and waving, I felt caught being a stickybeak! Then Small Sun calls out the child's name. Unknowingly, we've bought the house of one of his music teachers from school and he knows the child that lives there.
Houston is a big city, but we live in a small corner. That is a good feeling when you're far from home.