Why is Ottawa a different posting for military families?
I am good at this moving thing. I don’t always like it, but I have done it enough to know that the kids are going to fight and drive me crazy over the summer but once they go back to school they will likely find their new friends in pretty short order. My husband will slide into his new job with ease and excitement. I also know that it will take me 6 – 9 months to find my people and feel like the new place is home.
I just need to find my groove.
This was the first time we were posted to Ottawa. It was interesting. We have always lived on close-knit army bases and Ottawa is big and spread out. There are Messes, but they are far away, and parking is expensive. The people your spouse works with may live across town. There is an MFRC, but it is across the city and in traffic – not really accessible for me. The civilians in my neighbourhood are lovely but they are ‘full’. They have their families, their friends, their people, and don’t really need anybody new in their lives.
When you live on a base you meet people quickly. There is a very good chance there were at least two moving trucks on your street on the day you moved into your home… You also likely know at least a couple people in your community and will be able to tap into their friendship networks. Your spouse will go to work and meet people, and there will certainly be some sort of meet and greet at your Mess. It’s like fishing, you cast your net and eventually you will find your people. 6 – 9 months.
If you are posted to Ottawa this summer, find your people. Start with the Facebook communities. It doesn’t matter where you live in the city; Orleans, Barrhaven, Gatineau, Kanata, or Carleton Place. Your friends will tell you must live in any one of these areas. That just tells me you can’t make a wrong decision. It is a beautiful city with lots to offer.
You just need to find your tribe. Reach out. Find your groove.
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