We also managed to visit Anna Rae's first host family. Anna Rae had some school books to return to them so we made somewhat of an impromptu visit. This is Marion, one of her 3 host sisters at this family. Marion was ana exchange student in Seattle in '03-'04 at Ballard H.S. and in fact she is visiting in Seattle right now. We hope to have her here for dinner at least once. After her visit in Seattle Marion will head to Toronto where she will be joined by her parents and they will help her settle into an apartment as she begins her first year at the University there.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.