Thursday, 8 October 2009

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my six foot baby boy went to china on tuesday and i expect it will be a grand adventure. he has gone on a school trip, tagging along with the mandarin students, keeping the numbers up and the costs down.
he has called a couple of times, the first he was obviously very happy and it was making him very silly. it was almost a relief when the call dropped out because i couldna make head nor tail of what he was telling me and i was being charged by the minute for the confusion!
yesterday they visited a place where they could watch a traditional style of weaving and liam was the only boy of the group to get out of the bus! yes, the boy visited a handcraft centre with a collection of girls. who knows what that did to his coolness rating with the boys but i was immensely, unbearably proud. proud that he stood up for what he wanted to do, proud that he made himself the odd one out in a bunch of teenaged girls who he doesn't know, proud that he recognised and took an opportunity he might never have again.

23 comments:

  1. ha. hope your boy has a great trip, and stepping out from the crowd is always commendable. best wishes.

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  2. Heh, heh, he's not a shy one there, wot? Hope he enjoys the trip( sounds like he's off to a good start )...

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  3. Well, good for him doing what he wants to do and not being deterred by gender nonsense. If the other boys want to be slaves to masculine correctness, that's their loss.

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  4. Hope he has a GREAT trip! :)

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  5. I hope your boy has the time of his life and good for him!

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  6. congratulations! I too have a son abroad tho' he's in western Europe. He's been away 3 wks and hopes to stay 3 more tho' I don't think the money will last. congratulations! this is life changing for him.

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  7. Sounds like Liam is having a good time.
    Helen asked him if he learns mandarin, but he said no he didn't. She couldn't work out how he got to be going on the trip. I'll have to let her know now.

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  8. These trips are wonderful for kids, mine went to Japan . .don't be surprised if it awakens a world travelling wonderlust though. My daughter is hooked and already on her second passport due to the visa stamps.

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  9. subby,
    painfully quiet but not shy! odd combo

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  10. nick,
    you just said what i couldnt quite get words for!
    cheers

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  11. e,
    i reckon he'll have a blast!

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  12. tom,
    no, he's not!

    the drawings on your blog are great. they're yours, right?

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  13. california girl,
    i only wish i was going too!

    i guess your boy has made his money last half the time he hopes to, it's a good sign!

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  14. megs!
    like i said before, i wish it was me!

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  15. jo,
    crazy thing is he could have been a native cantonese speaker if his dad had just used the language!

    many of his mates are asian and an email i received today said he is still embarassed to be the only one not using chopsticks!

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  16. baino!
    we finally meet!

    i fear he has the wanderlust and if he doesnt i fear that too!

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  17. kylie, sounds like me when I was a kid. Now, I'm not so quiet-LOL!

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  18. What an adventure! And what a great kid.

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  19. Awesome....and I quote:

    proud that he stood up for what he wanted to do, proud that he made himself the odd one out in a bunch of teenaged girls who he doesn't know, proud that he recognised and took an opportunity he might never have again.

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