CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 11, 2010

David, Our German Exchange Student: Part 2


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

DAVID: OUR GERMAN EXCHANGE STUDENT Part 2

To read David, Our German Exchange Student Part 1, click on David, Our German Exchange Student: Part 1.

    We laid some ground rules—basically, we weren’t going to do things for him we didn’t do for our own children. We wouldn’t play a wake-up game with him. He would have to get himself up in the mornings. We presented him with an alarm clock.

     Neither would we drive him to school. As my children learned, if they didn’t get ready on time, they would have to go without a note the next day.

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     It was Wednesday when Jared knocked on our door. It was dinnertime at his house, and David was expected. David was sleeping, so we had to awaken him, and he doesn’t wake up easily.

     I walked across the street to the neighbor’s house later that evening.

     Rene and Tom said David spoke about getting a driver’s license during dinner. Rene seemed in favor of the idea, and was encouraging Tom to take him out for practice. I was less enthusiastic, wondering if he could get a Social Security card.

     Jared, David and I played Uno for a while. David asked if he could spend the night at the neighbor’s house, since there was no school the next day due to an ice storm. He told me Rhonda said he could, and I responded sarcastically (in fun) that I was in charge. He replied that sometimes old people think weird.

     “I’m not one of those,” I shot back.

     “Rene is my mater,” he declared, “and you are my oma (grandmother).”

     David next talked about getting a tattoo.

     “No,” I said. “It’s against the rules.”

     “The rules don’t count because they gave me the shaft.”

To read David, Our German Exchange Student Part 3, click on David, Our German Exchange Student: Part 3

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Stockings for Jesus

My Childhood Home: 29 Spring St., Portsmouth, N. H.

A Weekend in State College, Pennsylvania: Part 1

From the Bastille to Cinderella

Three Women Wildly Battle With UNO Cards

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