difficult child has been struggling lately. One of the things that she talks about a lot is that she doesn't know anyone in the neighborhood and she's too afraid/shy/anxious/doesn't know how to make new friends. She cries about this a lot lately. Her one friend who she's been friends with since they were 4 years old is moving in on the road behind us...4 houses down. While these two girls together sometimes become too much and often need breaks from each other as they get frustrated with each other, they've stayed friends. I don't know if it's convenience, but I do know that they seem to share a lot of the same interests and that always helps. And this friend has no problem meeting people and going out and doing things. I think this will help difficult child dramatically in meeting the other kids in the neighborhood. It will give her a friend to do things with and will be an opportunity for her to meet the other kids without having to do it alone. Cause, face it, at 13 it's not cool to have your mom set up play dates. And as this friend will only be with her dad (who is the one moving in behind us) every other day and every other weekend, it will still give them time apart and will give difficult child an opportunity to further any new friendships on her own. Whether it's God, coincidence, luck, fate, destiny, or the planets aligned just right, I'm always left feeling so blessed by the events that happen in our lives. The timing of this is *perfect*.