Waiting for the Ethan’s bus today, Tyler chose to sit next to our neighbor rather than next to me. He jabbered away with him (in his own language) while pointing at all the cars that passed by. Tyler shook hands with everyone who passed and sometimes would greet them in French. I began to see how much Tyler is already adapting to life here and how eventually this will be the only home that he knows. I started thinking about the things I would have to teach him when we went to Portland for furlow. Here were the top ten things:
1. Milk comes from a cow…not from powder
2. Winter coats, hats, gloves and scarfs exist for more than just 70 degree weather.
3. Not all ocean water is warm enough to swim in.
4. Sand is usually only found at the beach not EVERYWHERE else.
5. Warm baths do exist.
6. Not all facet water will make you sick.
7. Your parents do know how to drive and yes you have to wear a seat belt!
8. Silverware and plates are not optional.
9. Not everyone in America will want or expect to shake your hand.
10. Grass, snow, microwave, blender, berries, dryer, dish washer, chips, cereal, parks, library…. so many new words.
Decorating For Christmas
We began decorating for Christmas this year. We brought no Christmas stuff with us, so what we have is the little we have been able to to accumulate here and what Ethan and I have made. I have often talked of how Christmas is not about the tree or the decorations or the festivities, but that it is about what those things point to. However it wasn’t until I had this all stripped away that I REALLY had to wrestle with the significance those items played in my Christmas experience. If I feel like I can’t celebrate Christmas without the things I am used to, then have I lost true importance of the season. I am learning though that what makes Christmas special is the opportunity to send time celebrating God’s gift and that can be done anywhere. Our Christmas will look very different here, but we can still celebrate the Birth of Jesus. I am learning what this means…and it is a process.