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Once again, the past two weeks have been busy ones, but fairly non-eventful as far as our time with Thi goes.
One of our struggles so far this year has been his ability to get on the bus after school. He’s missed the bus at least 5 times this year! I’m not sure what the issue has been, as it seems fairly simple to me to stand out with the other kids and watch for the bus number, but he seems to not be able to grasp this concept. It’s been something that causes me stress, as he normally chooses a day that’s busy and inconvenient for me to run to the school and pick him up. So, this is an area I’m trying to work with him on regarding being more responsible.
Another issue that we’ve had is that he seems to lie sometimes or “double talk.” He said he was doing this because he wanted to make us happy – but, for me, lying is one of my biggest pet peeves, so it made me the opposite of happy. For example, he had told us that he really loved going to the races with Brian and Ian, so we made plans for him to go along to two races the other weekend. After the first night, he told Brian he really didn’t like the races after all, which meant he was stuck with me doing mom/girl things – like shopping!
He’s really not liking the colder weather that we’re having here in PA now (typical fall weather here), so we were able to find him a few more pieces of winter clothes, but he’s still going to need more – including a WARM winter coat and boots.
After some shopping, I took him to one of my new favorites – Chipotle – for supper. He said he didn’t like Mexican food, but I told him that I don’t either but I really love the bowls at this place. He LOVED it! I knew he would. I’m trying to teach him that “mother knows best!”
We are also experiencing some financial issues as he came with a nice starter amount of cash but he’s run out now. Turns out, the card he thought was a debit card is actually a credit card, so isn’t much help at getting out cash as needed. Because of the language barrier, we are unable to communicate with his parents at all, so he needs to be the go-between. Hopefully we can come up with a workable solution soon. He’s frustrated that he doesn’t have cash, and we are really unable to help.
I feel like Thi is setting into school nicely. He comes home with a smile on his face every day and always says his day went well. I think he enjoys his classes and always comments on how nice everyone is to him.
At church, I noticed him sitting with the other teens during fellowship time (which he hadn’t been doing – he’d been sitting alone, just enjoying the food!) I commented that I was proud of him for that, and he said that he realized that he’s not getting a good quality experience here if he’s not trying to connect with people. YES!
This is all very much a learning experience for all of us. There have definitely been bumps in the road and it’s not as easy as I might have thought, but it’s a good experience, nonetheless. I think we are all growing and changing, and that’s a good thing, right?