The last few weeks have been full of nostalgia…
When I see Hannah walking (scooting) ahead of me to school,
on the same pavement I pounded to school,
(or later in life shuffled with my head buried in a good book),
feelings from my childhood rush back with a bang.
This week I attended Hanna’s assembly and it was stronger than ever…
As I stood in the back with the other parents and sung the New Zealand national anthem for the first time in years I got tears in my eyes and goosebumps.
It took me back 25 years to when I would have been standing in Hannah’s shoes.
So familiar to me and so comforting.
Then it occurred to me that to Hannah, having grown up in a different country, would be finding it all so totally foreign!
I bet at the first assembly she was there she thought –
“but this isn’t the national anthem, what on earth are they singing?!”
Especially as over half of it is in Maori which will be a completely foreign language to her.
Maori is also spoken throughout the day in the classroom as part of the curriculum here –
I wondered for the first time how that makes Hannah feel…
And I felt a heart tug moment.
My girl is so brave!
She is embracing these changes with much less uncertainty than I would.
Then I got to witness her get her first “Principal’s award”.
Proud Mummy moment – only at the school a few weeks and already she’s won several prizes and had a certificate presented to her in assembly.
What a clever girl.
This morning I went shopping with a new friend –
the mother of the little girl that I think will become Hannah’s new bestie.
She is someone I feel that I could talk to for hours and never run out of words.
We drove through the neighbourhood Mr Flutter and I lived in when we were first married
and “lunched” at one of my old regulars.
So yes, the last few weeks have really been so full of nostalgia.
It feels a bit like putting on an old pair of comfy slippers,
well worn in and a perfect fit.
I wonder how long the feelings will all last for…
PS no more updates on the house yet. We are still finding our feet with all the paperwork…