Friday night, almost a week after being home, Seth left the house for the first time. Richard plays soccer and one of his teammates speaks Mandarin and had agreed to be one of his tutors. She wanted to meet him. He watched the game, but I did figure out that soccer is not his favorite sport. He said he likes basketball.
Friday was also Seth's birthday, but we decided to celebrate it on Saturday. We all went to eat at Legends of Asia which in our humble opinion is one of the best Chinese buffets in our area. The boy ate two heaping plates full...lots of rice, noodles and vegetables. Food has been a whole other issue. At least he is good about trying something and now he will tell me if he likes it or does not like it.
|His birthday present.|
|He "said" he liked the present.|
We have set him up with two tutors and his first session was this past Sunday night with my friend Michelle who has her masters degree in teaching English as a second language. After an hour and a half, she asked him if he was tired and he said very quickly no. Michelle and I both were shocked at how much English this kid knows.
He is just not confident enough to use it very much. He can read and write English. Michelle dictated a very short sentence and he was able to write what she said. He really is so smart and very eager to learn. We all believe that with a hard work, he will really excel just like he did in Chengdu.
Yesterday, he met with his other tutor, Monica who taught English in Taiwan and can also speak Mandarin. He had another two-hour session and came home with a list of food he likes and does not like. No chocolate, peanut butter, pizza or cheese...all my favorites! He will continue tutoring four times a week for now.
We are all still hoping he will be willing to go to school for a week or so before the end of this school year, but for now this is our plan.
The last several days he has been practicing his guitar with his door open and it is so beautiful. He shared with Michelle that he has only been playing for a year and I know he has only had a few lessons. He has taught himself which is remarkable. We are so blessed to be his parents! So, for now he will keep working on his English and I will try to find food the boy likes. I think we will have Chinese food three times a week and other types of food the four days a week.