At the end of an incredible 3 weeks immersion in their Madventure, Al asked us if we’d seen any changes in the children over the 6 months they’d been away. It was a bit like asking Custer if he thought the Indians were shooting straighter! But now we’ve had time to recover, remember and reflect, we think there are probably some comments we can make.
Firstly, it was difficult to see any real changes brought about by their new way of life as opposed to just being 6 months older. Their personalities are apparently the same as ever. Ben is still gregarious and Matt still absorbed in factual learning. They continue to have their twin-type rough and tumbles with Ben teasing and Matt squealing, always competitive but ending up thick as thieves. Katie is still loving and eager to help and Zach’s mischievous sparkle and enormous smile are as captivating as we remember.
We can see the benefits of being all together as a whole family, with no TV/games distractions and more quality time with Mum and Dad. Their powers of concentration seem to have increased which we saw from their homework and painting sessions. Mealtimes seem less fraught as they are less picky with food and their table manners have improved. They have all been able to absorb spoken Spanish remarkably well and seem totally unfazed by their Dominican environment.
Our stay was mostly in relaxed holiday mode and we spent only a short time in their everyday Nagua routines. But either way, we found them happy and contented, confident, not worried or anxious, accepting of their new life, fit and healthy, lean, suntanned and swimming like fish. It was difficult to tell if they were missing their friends, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents who they used to see fairly regularly. As children, they probably don’t think about it like we do.
Thank you very, very much Rich and Al For organising the wonderful time we spent with you all. We enjoyed it all immensely – experiencing the life you are living in Nagua; our touring in the big white happy truck, Samana and the exciting whale watching; visiting all those glorious beaches and our fantastic holiday villa; and even being sardines in the guaguas! So many
lovely memories to treasure but most of all just being with you and our supercalifragilisticexpialidocious grandchildren.
Lots of love and hugs, G&G xxxxxx