It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in Shelby for just over six months now. It has been a transition with ups and downs, good times and hard times, but for the most part things have gone well. Or they were, until the last week or so.
I was expecting the slump. I remember Andy going through some of these feelings after he had been in Ohio for about six months. Even though I had seen someone else go through it, and was expecting it, this last week it has hit me pretty hard. I’ve wanted to go “home”, even though this really is home now. I’m not really missing friends (I am missing my parents a lot), but more just the feelings of things being “normal”. In Ohio, I knew where to go for almost anything I needed – even if it meant I had to drive a long way to get those things – I still knew where they were. Here, I am still learning. Trying to figure out where we should go to the doctor, how to get meats and other grocery items, where to take the car to get repairs done, etc. It’s been challenging. It makes me tired.
Why do I tell you all this today? Maybe you are not facing a big move, but maybe you know someone who is? Maybe you have met a new neighbor who has moved several states with their family and are now in a brand new town? Know that there might be a time when they face these same feelings and emotions. Pray for them. Hug them. Send a note to encourage them. Offer to be the friend they can call and ask questions and find out all the important things about their new town. Just be sensitive. Hug them. Let them cry if they need to. Hug them. Let them express their frustration. Have I mentioned, hug them?
I am so thankful for the friends God has put in my life here in Shelby. I’m thankful for my friends across the world. Those who have sent notes (mailed hugs), called to encourage me, helped with this transition process. So, if you have the chance, give the new person in your life a hug today.