I'm doing the filming, my friend, Anne, is showing my grandson Sam how to use his fingers! -- about 4 years ago. Apologies for the background noise... Galen is the little boy on her lap.
Sometimes in life it's just all 'go'! It looks as though after much talking about it and nothing happening, my grandson, Sam, aged 11 almost 12 will be coming to live with us for a time. My daughter-in-law is from South Korea and for the past three years the family has been living in that country.
The transition for my two youngest grandsons, Galen, almost 9 and Louis, 5, has not been difficult. Both boys are now fluent in Korean and Galen is also mastering Chinese. The biggest problem, however, is that Sam has been quietly suffering in silence while being bullied in school.
To be honest, I don't know how well he will fare in an English school. When his father first came to England he had problems with taunts from the village kids and he found the cultural differences difficult. Part of it is to do with the age. When I was Sam's age we moved from a small town in Vermont to a much larger town in Connecticut. It took me a long time to establish friendships and to stop aching for the familiar.
So the plan is that he will come, with his mother, in about two weeks time! We are hoping his mother will be able to visit for about a month before she returns to Korea. It will be the first trip to Europe for both of them.
And while we hustle and bustle around trying to organize everything for them, my stepson will, a few days before Sam arrives, be flying off to Afghanistan for a third tour of duty with the Territorial Army. In the meantime, our youngest son has flown the nest and is now in Vancouver, BC looking for work as well as adventure!