Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Friendship x 3; Welcoming the New Girls...


A new British family is joining our school this fall and both of my girls are so excited... Their daughters are the same ages as Katya and Natalia, and they'll even be living on our street.

THAT IS HUGE. Logistics end up relegating the sweetest friendships to fleeting meetings every few months. Being able to walk to each other's homes makes all the difference.

We've all been really looking forward to their actual arrival (we met once when the girls spent the morning at school and we've been in touch via e-mail)...When we all met in May, we agreed that the girls would have a sleepover at the end of the summer, and both Katya and Natalia have been anticipating it ever since. (Russian kids tend to not do sleepovers and the Western friends who used to have them with the girls have since moved away).

But I'm now realizing just how much this new friend means to Natalia...

She ripped pages out of her diary to refashion it, reworking it into a guide for her new friend. She has been making illustrations and writing about what the little girl should expect in her new school/city... She even wrote on the edge of the pages (when the book is closed) "Hi, M~~ and S~~!"

Natalia personally can't bear feeling left out, and she's already thinking of how she and her other good friend, S~~ (a sweet American girl who also has Russian, Portuguese and Austrian roots), will welcome M~~ into their homeroom. She wants them all to get together to play, and she even picked out these necklaces yesterday... It's a three-pack with little star charms for three "best friends" to share...

I had said "No jewelry, nothing other than the back-to-school basics you need" when we had entered the store, but there was no way I was going to turn down Natalia's kind gesture...

So M~~... Once we all manage to get to Moscow, you will have a dear friend waiting, one who can't wait to help you learn Russian and feel 100% welcome on our street and in our school! And A~~, Katya is just as eager to be your new friend, too!

2 comments:

Muddy said...

That is so very sweet.

Tina in CT said...

That is so sweet and thoughtful of Natalia and I'm sure her new friend will feel special (as will S....).