Seeing clearly

There is a new joke in our family that I trick everyone into helping me with groceries. It’s not a joke, it’s true. No one noticed that I brought my backpack filled with bags to mass yesterday and the grocery store happened to be on the way home. 😆

We squeezed in a few hours in the cold before the rain started with the new family we met this week.

After the rain started, the kids all decided they wanted to see a movie together. Our kids made a fairly solid case for why seeing “Sonic” in Slovak was no big deal. Even the teenage girls were on board and so we acquiesced.

There is no photographic evidence of the girls. These boys could not be nicer kids- even John and I enjoyed their company.

We said goodbye after the movie knowing that we would see them this week again. Their mom invited us to their favorite restaurant next weekend so we are looking forward to that too.

Monday started similarly to Mondays back home. No one wants to wake up and get ready for school. But. We made it.

Everyone agrees that one of the greatest things about school is the C.S. Lewis coffee/snack stand. The McCarthys are very good customers and the attendant speaks English very well.

V with some of her classmates

This is a central social spot for the school. (And totally not a cool place for your mom to be hanging out at). Noted.

Classes went well. Jozef started with some silly answers in English class and Joe started to one-up with sillier answers (snakes eat apples etc). The English teacher explained to the boys that the silly answers only make sense to them since they both speak English as their first language. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Jozef tackled his good buddy when the teacher wasn’t looking- Joe definitely took notice. They still have not spoken to each other.

One of Joe’s incredibly patient teachers.

We made it to lunch and Ryan declared it was the best school lunch he has ever eaten!

V ate with her friends.

We made it home in time for a snack and then Joe was off to basketball. The report was that, once again, he had no idea of any of the Slovak instruction but he won a shooting drill. He told us he just kept shooting until someone told him he won.

It was 56 degrees and sunny so I planned to run. Ryan mentioned that he would like to walk through old town. I loved that idea.

One of my friends told me that this time with my kids would allow me to see them so clearly. I think about that all the time. It is such a gift to see them clearly- hear their thoughts, fears and joy filled moments. I love watching them take in all the new experiences and moments.

Tonight was no exception. Ryan really loved how the sky looked with the sun setting over the bridge.

We found two more churches and a chapel that we hadn’t been into before.

We also found a museum dedicated to the history of the city of Bratislava. We were so excited to tell John about it.

It was already closed but we will be back!

And we found a little reminder of home and our beloved PJ. When we returned home, we had an email describing how well he is doing!

I learned from Ryan that of the big three- school, basketball and the city of Bratislava- he is really happy with 2 out of the 3. And, at least he doesn’t “hate” the 3rd (school).

One other thing on his mind…Budapest bear has gone missing.

2 thoughts on “Seeing clearly

  1. I hope Ryan found Budapest bear. Seeing the kids so clearly is a gift forever. The space and time given to all of you will give insight and wisdom and understanding of life in a way they would never have been able to know. Love mom mc

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