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When you think about it what makes a new friend an old friend is knowing their history. Knowing where they have been and how they got to their current state.
The same is true when it comes to making a new community home. If you know the areas history you are bound to feel more at home.
As adults we can read books on the area or do internet searches. However don’t make it all book work, a great way to learn the history of the area and make a new friend in the process (which also helps you feel more at home) is to ask an older person you meet what was the area like when they were young.
I asked and elderly man sitting on the park bench once “what did this park look like when it began” and he was so happy to share with me all the details. We sat there for at least 20 minutes with him telling me all about the old fountain and even the petting zoo the park use to have as well as what main street use to look like in the glory days and how the run down areas of town use to once be the most affluential.
I had been hesitant to ask this man about the area at first as it was outside my introvert comfort zone but I was so glad I did. I left the park that day feeling a little more attached to my new community.
Of course don’t keep this history searching to yourself, involve the kids if you have them. Little children tend to be more hands on learners so take them to see the history sites and museums in your area.
Lots of communities host events such as pioneer days and battle reenactments that are fun for the family as well as a learning about their new home opportunity.
This post is part of the New Town to Hometown series. Use the links below to dig into the series.
Part One: Becoming Friend Worthy
- It all begins with fellowship with God
- The most important lesson in friendship building
- Are you welcoming?
- Create mutual bonds
- Meet a need and make a friend
- Don’t try to look perfect
- Not everyone is going to be your friend
Part Two: Places To Find Friends
- Start the search online
- Homeschooling groups
- Be the neighbor with the active porch swing
- Breaking the ice and setting goals
Part Three: Creating Community
5.Study the areas history (you are here)
Silly Stories Of My Moving Adventure
- It is going to be a long trip
- When you give a two year old a marker
- I was a soap opera star for just one day
- A sign that the long trip was about to end
- What happens when your landmarks become cornfields
Become A Snail Pacer
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