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In one way, it’s hard to believe that three weeks have passed by already; in another way, it feels like Thi has been with us much longer.
For the record, if you’re reading these posts and wondering how to pronounce his name, it’s not TY, THEE, THY, etc. His name is pronounced like the beverage that I love and sell – TEA! Perfect, right?! (Originally, he said that we could call him “Terry,” but I’m a firm believer in calling people by their given names. Plus, Terry is an older man’s name, in my opinion; so, in our house, he’s THI.)
Last Friday, we planned to have our last field trip day before school started. Because I know Thi likes animals, the goal was to go to Lake Tobias and then ride the Millersburg Ferry. However, the weather report was predicting a rainy day, so we decided to head down to the Lancaster area and we ended up at the Turkey Hill Experience. Everyone loves ice cream, right? Even though we’ve been there before, it was a fun place to introduce Thi too. And, it’s always fun to create your own ice cream flavor.
Thi was excited that we had not one – but TWO – American picnics over the holiday weekend. On Sunday, we had a picnic at my parents’ house. My mom had a “Welcome to America” cake for Thi. He was very pleased.
He also attended his first dirt track race with the guys that evening, though we don’t have any pictures to prove it! Because, men! But he did come home and say, “That was very exciting!”
On Monday, we were on our way to a picnic with Brian’s family when we got a flat tire and were stranded along the highway. We were waiting for AAA to come and help (we could have changed the tire ourselves, but it was the left rear and we were right alongside the BUSY holiday-traffic-filled highway). A kind police officer and some nice passersby stopped to help. Thi was impressed with the kindness of Americans. But, we never did make it to the picnic.
Tuesday was the first day of school and Thi was excited
The rest of the week was fairly uneventful as he had school every day and homework in the evenings.
One thing I’m noticing is that we really need to work on some time management skills with him. I wonder if I’m the right mother for this job, as I myself have issues with time management. BUT, I’m also a very prompt person – I like to be early for everything. Thi, on the other hand, is a real dawdler when we’re preparing to go somewhere. So, we’ve found that we have to give him a goal time about 15 minutes BEFORE we have to actually leave for somewhere. I’m sure this is a cultural-difference issue, but we’ll work on it.
He seems to really like school – so far, Physics is his favorite subject. He said that the teachers are all really nice. And he’s been meeting some new classmates each day. And, thankfully for me, the kind secretaries are willingly answering my barrage of questions. We’ll get the hang of this soon, I’m sure!