The move to London is imminent. Less than two weeks, and we’ll be there. And not just visiting…living life.
People often ask how I’m doing. If we’re packing. Cleaning. Ready.
To be real: the answers change depending on the day, the hour, the moment.
There are many days when I’m like Piggie in Mo Willems’s I Am Going! Excited. Joyful. Effervescent. Thrilled for the adventure.
But not always. There are times when Bernard Waber’s Courage gives me strength when feeling overwhelmed. That I *can* do this.
Some evenings though, with thoughts swirling, I’ve felt like Katie Woo in A Nervous Night: unsure and afraid.
Todd Parr’s cheerful illustrations and messages help me face my nerves. I’m Not Scared…usually.
Ultimately, though, it’s Kat Yeh’s The Friend Ship that keeps me afloat.
Knowing that friends near and far are cheering, supporting, and hoping for the best for me and my family has made the stress of the transition bearable. If this life change has taught me anything, it is that our friendships are vital. They sustain us when life becomes overwhelming. They provide reassurance. And that no matter how big the world seems, the bonds of friendship can stretch and grow.
So thanks, friends. Every sidewalk talk, phone call, email, text, hallway & office chat, Facebook message, Instagram comment, Tweet, and moment you’ve taken to be a friend has mattered. It’s helped. And I only hope to one day repay it.
With gratitude, arika