New town, new house, new surroundings. All settled in and ready to start over
Boxes have been unpacked, walls have been painted and pictures have been hung. Our furniture is in place and Internet and cable have been hooked up. There is food in the cupboards. You could say that we are now settled in our new house.
Now, all we have to do is make it feel like home. Get our life and routine back to what we are used to. Well, I should say create a new one since our life has changed and we are, in a sense, starting over.
It feels strange to be living in a new house and calling a new town ‘home.’ We spent almost five years in Truro and I was comfortable with the life we had made for ourselves there. Surprisingly, I went from being a big city girl to a small town girl overnight.
I'll never forget the first day we arrived in Bible Hill back on New Years Day 2009. We pulled into Ultramar on Main Street and asked where Truro was. If we had kept driving for 10 seconds, or opened our eyes to see the sign on the bridge, we would have realized that we had reached our destination.
Now, here we are again experiencing the unfamiliarity of living in a new place, and I know that the only way to get familiar with it is to leave the house and meet people. Thankfully, there is a family resource centre here, similar to Maggie's Place, so I can get Aiden involved with activities involving children his age.
Aiden seemed settled the day we moved in. He didn't mind living amongst the chaos of boxes everywhere for a few days. If anything he enjoyed the treat of eating pizza until we found and unpacked our food. It was all new to him, but an outsider never would have known. He was comfortable.
As long as he has his Mommy, Daddy, new race car bed and familiar toys, he is happy. He doesn't mind his unfamiliar surroundings. All he is concerned about is with these new surroundings come many more visits with Nanny and Poppy and his cousins. Even sleepovers at Nana’s, without Mommy!
It won't take long for us to get into a new routine here. We'll be all settled in and comfortable with our new lives and then it'll be time to shake things up again by adding a new member to the Thorne family. Never a dull moment (and soon to be never a moment of sleep).
I guess I should learn from Aiden. I don't need to do anything to make this town feel like home. It is home because this is where my heart is, my family. It doesn't matter that it's a different house. It is being around my husband and son (and feeling the kicks of my second son) that puts me at ease and ultimately helps create the feeling of home.
Sonya Thorne is a former Truro resident, but after spending almost five years away from her family she is happy to be back on "The Rock." She is also happy to still be writing her monthly column as she will have plenty more to say as her life as a mommy gets even busier.