Friday, July 20, 2007

It's possible I have lost my mind...

In about 24 hours, our Japanese exchange student arrives.

Yes, this is a new development. A very new development.

Before you think I have lost my wits COMPLETELY, let me say that she is only staying for 3 weeks. So, this isn't an ENTIRE YEAR type of exchange student. (Although my family did host year long exchange students when I was in high school, and again after I graduated from college.) But, THIS particular Japanese student is coming to stay in our town for a 3 week International Youth Academy, so, it's not like it's a HUGE commitment.

I'm nervous about how Lana is going to deal with this, but, there were 35 kids who didn't have homes to stay in, and Husband and I speak some Japanese (well, okay, I speak some Japanese, and Husband used to be able to count and ask how much things cost.) But, anyway, she is arriving tomorrow. Her name is M~, and I've been stressing to Lana that we have a FRIEND coming to stay at our house. I keep using the name FRIEND over and over, because I don't want Lana to confuse M~ with being part of our family...

Cross your fingers for us. It's been almost 11 years since I NEEDED to be able to communicate in Japanese. I hope it comes back to me.



Anonymous rachel said...

Good luck! I'm sure you know more Japanese than most Americans she will meet and she'll definitely appreciate that.

Friday, July 20, 2007 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger S. said...

Oh, it'll be like riding a bike...I hope!

3 weeks sounds great, I hope it is a good experience for you!

Friday, July 20, 2007 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger jenn said...

Sounds great and if I had an extra bedroom like something I would talk my family into.

Perhaps this will help Lana some with being around people of Asian descent...just being one person and on her turf?

Friday, July 20, 2007 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mia's Mommy said...

your so cool. "Oh, I have an exchange stduent coming, oh I speak a little Japanese." Geez! Your just a box of suprises!

Have fun. I've talked to my husband about an exchange student when the kids get older. I love the idea. But, they'll have to know English second language, because other than some Spanish phrases and a couple Vietnamese words I strickly speak English.

Saturday, July 21, 2007 1:15:00 AM  

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