Sunday, June 10, 2012
Life returns...to normal!
So, today, we delivered our Serbian high school exchange student to the airport so that he could return to his native country of
Montenegro. We took our student from Kazakhstan to the
airport a couple of weeks ago. They have
lived with us since last August while attending high school for a year
here. Our house is back to our form of
normal. Now, if you are a person who
doesn’t know where those countries are, then perhaps you should get an exchange
student from there yourself……..we didn’t know where they were either!
For those of you who like to pray, you may want to pray for the two of them. I have been told that all these months with my sense of humor is bound to have left them scarred for life! Need an illustration? Well, it isn’t a big one, but when I learned how small a country
is, and that it is the result of multiple splits over many years of what once
had been Yugoslavia,
I told our student to make sure he let me know whether he ended up in Monte or
Negro if the country splits again! The
boys became like family, because, just like everybody else in my family, my
puns and plays on words met with the same roll of the eyes and “ha, ha, ha,
very funny” that everybody else in the family has been giving me for years!
They came to our home in a total surprise…..it was a very sudden and last minute opportunity. And it turned out to be quite a year. Voices….. sometimes very LOUD voices….skyping at all hours of the day or night. A Muslim student sharing a room with a Serbian Orthodox student in the home of a Baptist minister. Lots of very interesting conversations!
What does this have to do with divorce, or with the book? Nothing really. Except maybe to share the comment we received from the boys when they left, how they so appreciated feeling so much a part of our family. In other words, now some 12 years out of divorce, life has gone on, my family has permutated in many ways, and yet has become the kind of family that total strangers like those boys found to be a good home to be in. Divorce is NOT the end of the story. In lots and lots of ways, and some of those ways can be pretty good.