Today my world traveler, who at the age of 5 had been to 5 different countries, started another adventure.
This is a crazy adventure for sure. There is all the normal emotion of
putting your first kid in school compounded by the fact that we're doing
it here in Costa Rica. We prayed long and hard about where he should
go and God opened up the door for him to attend International Christian
School. So while the financial end of this adventure is overwhelming
some days (we pretty much pay for everything, uniforms, books, supplies,
plus tuition) we are trusting that God opened this door, he provided
the money for a second car to make the transportation work, He will take
care of all the extra money things too.
So this morning Elliot, Quinn and I dropped Forrest off at his new school to spend the day with Mrs. Aguilar, a lady who has been teaching for 25 years.
He seemed really excited about the day. He said "Mom, let's do a smile picture and then a serious and then a silly." Well ok!
The obligatory smile photo...and yes, totally fake! Now for the serious one...
And now the silly.
We got to school early, which was good because it was a mad house! All the kids have to bring in about 50 pounds worth of books and supplies, so all of their parents are in the hallways and well, it's just sorta chaos. But we brought his stuff in yesterday during the parent meeting (man, that was crazy...all in Spanish. Thank you God his teacher speaks English too, after all she teaches most of the day in English) so we just had his backpack.
Once we got into the classroom, he got quiet and started studying everything. His teacher let him pick his desk and he just began to watch everyone else. He asked me to stay for a few minutes, but then he said, "I want to give you all a hug and you can go."
His core classes, like math, language arts, Bible and Science are in English. Things like computers, PE and Art will be in Spanish. His teacher asked us last night if Forrest speaks Spanish and when we said "well, sotra?" she said, "Oh, he's learning Spanish! How great! He will be in a special Spanish class just for kids learning Spanish." That does a mama's heart good. Yep, he is my little SSL kid (Spanish as a Second Language). They will test him to see where he's at and it may be that he's in the SSL class all year or just for part of the year. Either way, I am thrilled with the special help!
And now Quinn, Elliot and I are figuring out our new normal at home. Elliot has never known a second without Forrest, so this is an adjustment for him. He told me yesterday "when Forrest goes to school I want to skype with him because I will miss him." Oh buddy!!