I was asking my 7 year old what she thought about the move to Canada from England. I think I was expecting completely different responses and it surprised me the things she values and considers important, the things she is looking forward to doing, and those things that are worrying her – and how similar these are to me, her Mum. I expected a longer list but was struck with how simple and straightforward life is when you’re 7 – and can be if you let it.
As an adult, when presented with an opportunity to relocate overseas, we can certainly make it overly complex and thereby, daunting as a result. I tend to simplify and break things down into manageable chunks. That’s why when I think of the move, I’m hoping for something new and exciting, in a place we can easily converse, provide some security in the form of a home to rent and schooling sorted. The rest, we’ll just make up as it happens and chalk it up to being a fantastic life experience.
So, when I asked my 7 year old, what do you think she said?
For her, the most important things about moving to Canada are:
- Making sure she has her soft toy (Eeyore, the donkey) with her (called ‘ETD’ – can you work out why?)
- Being with her family (ahhh, bless)
I then asked her a few questions, and captured her responses. Here goes:
1. What excites you about the move?
- Living in a new home
- Sleeping in a new bed
- Meeting new friends & going to school in a different place
- Looking forward to skiing
- Playing in the snow with my sisters
- Going on 2 planes to get there
- ‘I think it’s going to be really good there’
2. What interests you about Canada and what do you want to find out?
- What clothes they wear
- Whether school is the same as in England
- What type of animals we can see in the wild that we don’t see in England
3. What are you hoping it will be like?
- There are friendly people
- There are lots of things to do
- People are able to understand us
4. If you could only choose 5 things to take with you, what would they be?
- Eeyore (obviously)
- Big pillow pet (soft toy in the shape and size of a pillow)
- Bike to go cycling with Daddy on
5. What are you most worried about?
- Starting school in a new place
- Trying to make new friends
6. When you return to England, what do you think it will be like?
- It’ll be great seeing all my friends again
- It’ll feel funny driving on a different side of the road
I then asked her if she could describe in one word the move – what would it be? She said ……
Say no more 🙂