No I am most emphatically not expecting nor will I ever be. Not that there's anything wrong with that it's just that our family has moved onto the next phase at this point.The adult to child ratio in our household meanwhile has jumped from 2 vs2 to 3vs2 while we host my oldest daughters "twin" from the school exchange program.
She is a very nice girl and both her and my daughter seem to be enjoying her stay with us. I've spent much of the past days since her arrival shuttling them, and on occasion a few other teens, around the city from one place to another for various activities.It's been busy to say the least and I actually found myself this morning looking forward to a bit more routine of a day at work and most importantly no driving to some far flung place only to sit and be bored out of my skull while the kids have a blast.
In the rain.In the blustering wind.
Stepping in mud every second step.It is assuredly spring out there. While the weather was gorgeous the week before, this one has been very cool and wet. Everything is turning nice and green but it's made finding activities for two teens (hard to entertain in the first place) difficult to do. There is no go for a walk or go jump on the trampoline to kill a few minutes of boredom.
Teens are after all easily bored and while I expected two to be able to somewhat entertain each other it doesn't quite work like that these days. Now a days as boredom hits it instantly leads teens in this day and age to gravitate towards their cell-phones.I would like her experience in Winnipeg to be a bit more memorable than that although I'm sure it will be even if they aren't entertained every moment of every day. This trip is after all a first experience for her in many ways.
First trip away from her family, first time travelling westwards of Quebec, first time on a plane, first time in a primarily english speaking population. Lots of firsts there and I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting about.So far we have managed to avoid real homesickness setting in, they are having fun, and she has become much more comfortable in our home after that first nervous evening.
We only have a few more days to go but the one thing that I have come to know for certain over the past few days is that participating in this exchange program has been an experience well worth the costs and efforts put into it.Both my daughter and our guest will never forget their mutual trips to one another's home province. It has also fostered in them a sense of independence and curiosity that I'm sure will help take them on many more adventures in their futures.
I'm happy to say that as it turns out exchange programs really are a pretty great thing.