Thoughts on Change: A Guest Post

From the Momma: Oy, change. It’s something we’ve been talking a lot about lately in this momma’s house.

The past 18 months have definitely had their highs and lows as we’ve adjusted from life in the UK and back into American life. When you move abroad, you think about all you have to adapt TO but there isn’t much talk about adjusting BACK.

The pace here is much faster.

The kids gained (and lost) British accents, but we still confuse friends daily with the vocabulary that we picked up and has stuck.

We all found (and left behind) good friends. We’ve made new friends on our return as well as trying (with varying degrees of success) to reacquaint ourselves with old ones.

We adapted to a different educational system, switched back to American measures and measuring temperatures in farenheit. Also, two words: Singapore math.

We spent six months in temporary housing, moved back into our house where we somewhat camped out for another three months as the kitchen underwent a remodel after suffering irreparable damage from three-and-a-half years of tenants. And after all that, we’ve spent a good many months living in the uncertainty that goes along with an executive level job hunt, where relocation is always a possibility.

Yes, we’ve talked a lot about change over the past few weeks. About the possibility of it, about the good things that come of it, and how we know it is difficult. It is for me, to be sure, but I’ve put on a good front for the kids.

Kids are so much more adaptable, I tell myself.  It doesn’t make it easier for them, though, and I know that the possibility of change has been weighing heavily on my 10-year-old’s mind.

Writer that he is, he recently called me into the office to show me something that “he just had to write”. He just had to get it out.

It’s a quiet reminder that I think I’ll be bookmarking for the days when things get to be a bit overwhelming – that if my 10-year-old can keep it all in perspective, then I can too.

I’m sure he’d love to hear your thoughts on it as well.

Here are his thoughts on change:



Do you want to know what life was like when the dinosaurs were around?

Do you want to know what it feels like to be famous?

Do you want to know what it is like to sit behind the wheel of a race car?

We all want to know something, don’t we? So here is what it is like to have change in your life.


Change is like a new beginning. You get to start over again. Make new friends, do new things, and see new places. But change also brings a bit of sadness to your heart when you have to leave. Especially if you have to leave behind something you love.

This is what I felt like when I had to leave the UK behind. I remember looking out the small window of the plane as we took to the skies as we left the snow and the countryside and the soccer and that was good. Yet, we left the bad behind.

The bad was the rain and the one harsh winter and the country lanes and the dog barking at the sheep. The good being left behind was the friends and the farms and the animals that completed everything. The beautiful countryside and  the long field walks. The passion about the soccer or “football” as they call it there. As I looked out that window I felt like there was no better place in the world than this. My experience there was amazing and the thought of it brings back amazing memories that will live in my heart forever.

And if you go through change in your life, don’t think about all the things you have to leave behind, just focus on what life will bring you down the road, on your next journey.


  1. Sam, what lovely and grownup thoughts you just wrote about. I am so proud of you. I know this move means more changes, but with your attitude and strength I just know you will do great. Just remember we will keep the spare bedroom ready for whenever you come back to visit. Love you, Mimi

  2. What a great article and can’t believe this is a 10 year old. You have a future writer

    • He really is quite brilliant and even at his age has developed a very strong voice that identifies his writing instantly. I’m proud of him.

  3. A powerful lesson there, from him. He’s a deep one alright 🙂

  4. Wow Sam! Amazing little writer in the making! Beautiful!

  5. Change is for parking meters and vending machines.

    • And, he’s an amazing 10 year old. You’re a lucky and obviously a good momma.

    • I wish it were only for that. We’re trying to look at change more as a chance for more adventures.
      Although I’d rather use it for getting Peanut M&Ms…..

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