On Not Making a Difference

Peter Pan has returned home.  He left the way he came, with very little fanfare.  He didn’t say that he would miss us.  He just said goodbye and walked away. I still don’t know why he came in the first place. There has to be a reason. I just don’t know what it was. It’s…

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Hello Annoyances

We are coming up on a month together, and Peter Pan has become much more comfortable with us. And sometimes that is really annoying. He is obsessed with the song “Hello” by Adele, and whenever we drive anywhere, I hear it over and over ad nauseum. On our road trips, he puts Adele’s CD on…

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New Year, New Family

He wants to come here to stay. The first whisperings were in a dark car, driving back home from a friend’s. “Sometimes, when it is dark, I am sad,” he said. It was out of nowhere, but I wasn’t too surprised. I chatted on about how I understand, because I know it’s hard to be…

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Stinky Shirt Saga

Coming on this hosting journey to America isn’t easy. It’s a long trip to a house full of strangers who speak a language you don’t know well, with customs that aren’t familiar. Even a faucet can defeat you. After being here for 24 hours, I asked Peter Pan if he would like to take a…

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Five Seconds

We had just finished decorating the tree with all our ornaments when it happened. I had told Peter Pan how each ornament represented something we did the year it was purchased, whether it was a trip we took or an event that happened. And I showed him how we each have an ornament with our…

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Beginnings

He is here. Peter Pan flew across hours and oceans to live with us for the next four weeks. And we are both reeling a bit at this prospect. I saw his face when he came off the plane: the way the relief of reaching the destination mixes with the realization of total bone-tired exhaustion…

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On Stillness and Quiet Miracles

In one week, Peter Pan will be here. In one week, our lives will change forever. I know that this sounds a touch on the dramatic side, but hosting is a lot like having a baby, and is a major change to our world. Everything will revolve around acclimating ourselves to this new life in…

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