"I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all."
- James Baldwin
What a brilliant experience!! And what a sweet boy! And I love the bit about the rice cooker!! Aww bless! Take carex
Old Kitty, he was determined to do the rice the way he'd practiced. It came out perfect!
Hi Theresa .. just been over and read such a wonderful account - it was beautifully written ad explained ... With thoughts - Hilary
Hilary, thank you!
It does sound like such a fulfilling experience. Thanks for sharing.
Misha, thanks for reading!
I'm sure you learned a lot from each other.
Alex, we did. Thanks!
A terrific and most engaging read- I'm sure he's gained so much from his rich experience with you all.
Shelly, thank you. I'm going to email him soon and see how he's doing.
Huzzah! Hosting Japanese students must have been awesome.
Michael, it was awesome.
Hi Theresa!Hosting Japanese students is awesome! I've started building up a library for them!Hope you had a lovely long weekend!Nas
Thank you, Nas. You've taken hosting to a whole new level.I have a lovely long weekend. Hope you had a lovely weekend too!
Beautiful article, Theresa! I loved reading it. What a fantastic experience for you all. I adored the story of the cherry petals spelling out Goodbye. I can see why you were teary-eyed to say farewell.
Kimberley, thank you. At the meetings, they warned us there would be a lot of tears on the last day. I didn't think such big bonds could be formed so quickly. Now I know they can!
Hopping over, Theresa! I love that image. :)
Had to come back. That was a sweet article. Quite funny, too! Love #2. And I remember you mentioning how he slept a lot.
SA Laresen, thanks for visiting and returning to comment. I was so tempted to put one of the pictures of our student sleeping. I've got a bunch of them!
I love all of the beautiful rich colors in that photo! Heading over to read your article!
Thank you, Julie!
Thanks for hopping, Karen. I saw your comment on The Patch.
What a lovely experience for you!
Charmaine, it was! Thanks.
I read your post. How wonderful for you and your family. Students must be very brave to leave their homes, cultures, and basically their language to come to another country, even if briefly, to look and learn.I agree with Charmaine. What a great experience for you.
Victoria, I agree. Our student was only 13. I think he was brave.
Must have been such a fun, positive experience.
Damyanti, it was a positive experience.
I'm going to hop on over right now.
Medeia, thank you for reading the article.