We have lived here for over one year and Friday was the first time Sam had a friend over. Wow, that sounds worse now that I am typing it...bad mommy. Here is the deal though...Sam goes to a school that is almost 100% Chilean and for some reason I haven't been able to break through to the mommies there. I smile, say hello, give my phone number but no one calls us back. What are we doing wrong? Not really sure.
Sam and Luka play so well together and he also plays with Luka's friends that I haven't felt pressured to try and get friends from his school to come over. But for the last couple of weeks he has been talking about Jacobo non-stop so I asked the school for Jacobo's number and we invited him over for play date.
Just look at how happy Sam is. Jacobo had a cast on so most of the play date was on the floor, but Sam was loving it. He thought his friend was the funniest person in the world and he was cracking up.
Here he is making sure his friend has enough pretzels...
Poor Sam...at this play date we found out his friend is leaving in one month. He comes from an expat family (oh, wait he isn't Chilean...I guess we still haven't been able to get a Chilean family to call us back).
So typical to makes friends, find someone you really like and then somebody has to move. Sam, Mommy knows exactly how you feel. It is one of the downfalls of the expat life. Saying goodbye is really hard and you know what, it just sucks...no way to sugar coat it. The only thing I can tell you Sam is that you take your friendships with you where ever you go. And no matter how far you move, you will stay in touch with those folks that matter. Just this week I was on a 7 am Skype call with one of my "besties" from Maputo. One really cool thing is that as you get older you will have friends in many corners of the world.
I promise to have more playdates for you...you were so happy being the host.