If you follow my Facebook pages, you may have seen that my seven year old daughter’s best friend is moving out of town.
This is their last week together, and it has been an emotional roller-coaster for us since we found out she would be moving. Her family lives several doors away from us, and it felt like we had won the jackpot when we moved to the neighborhood and discovered Izzy would have friends so close by.
I am writing about our reaction to this transition, my own history of moving as a child, and the tendencies of friendships to evolve as the tide turns over at The HerStories Project today. I hope you’ll stop by and read Childhood Friendships and the Turning of the Tide.
Has your child ever lost a best friend to a move? Has your family moved a lot?
Oh man, just thinking about that happening to my oldest makes me want to cry. Off to read it right now.-Ashley
hi, i just read your thing and thats so sad. I’m going through something similar right now. I’m 16 and about a week ago i discovered that my best friends dad got a job offer in a different city and I’m really scared the dad is going to take it.
its really hurting me because i cant imagine my life with her, she has been with me since grade 4, and were in grade 10 now. we have so many memories together and i honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with out her.
Hi there, I came across your site looking for advice to help my 8 year old daughter (and me!) deal with her best friend and next door neighbour moving away in a couple of weeks. I’m so upset as we have known them for 6 years and have a wonderful friendship with the family. We have spent lots of time at each others houses, bbq’s, dinner, helping each other with DIY, and also worked with each other for a short time. My daughter and their boy are just 2 weeks apart in age and were about move into the same class as each other. They had even chosen where they were sitting … next to each other of course. I adore their son and the two of them are wonderful friends popping in and out of each others houses as they please, no issue with either parents as to how long for or when! I thought I was going to be ok with it but I’m not, my heart is beginning to hurt every time I see the two of them together and know just how much they are going to miss each other. My daughter burst into racks of tears the night they told us and I couldn’t hold it together either so we just hugged and cried together. They are both only children and have experienced everything from first day at school together, shared birthday’s, Xmas’, learned to ride without stabilisers on the same day as each other, the list is endless … I don’t know how to deal with it really, my daughter’s behaviour has suddenly changed over the past few days and she’s been flying into sudden rages when things don’t go her way and shouting horrible things at me even hitting me. I can only assume this is to do with her computing her friends impending move.. I’m so sad for the kids as I honestly thought they would go through school together 🙁