So, if you’ve never shown your non-English-speaking child the Minions movie – you should. Apparently Minions is funny in ANY language!! Lol! We are now watching the little yellow pill-shaped blabbering cuties for the second time and Wesley is just giggling through the whole thing! He thinks it is so funny when they blabber on in their made up language and fall over and especially when they say “banana!” 😉 I have a video but (of course) photos and videos are not uploading here!! I’ll have to post all these when we get back to the States.
Today was the longest day in the history of hotel stays. Lol!! It’s been a long time since I entertained a six year old for an entire day in a confined location! 😉
Our sleep-time included Wes sleeping like a rock (and thrashing through it all) all night long until 6:50am when his eyes popped open and he looked at me across the pillow and said “PeePee!!!!!” Lol!
We tried to watch a little cartoons on the iPad for a few to extend our morning but no cigar. Finally I hopped in the shower and as soon as I got out Wes decided he wanted a shower too. So he got in and proceeded to turn on the cold water and take the most frenzied cold shower ever! When I tried to turn on slightly warm water he hopped out and said it was hot! Haha! He does not like warm water. Not even hand-washing! He was appalled that I would put my hands into warm water to wash them! I didn’t even consider that he’s never around warm water, so it is completely foreign for him.
After showers and clean clothes, we went down to the restaurant to eat breakfast!
He is going to eat this hotel out of business, for sure! He ate a massive breakfast of eggs (with veggies), bacon, sausage, French toast (haha! You know you spend too much time in Haiti when your phone tries to autospell “toast” as “goat” lol!), watermelon, cantaloupe, mango juice and probably something I’m forgetting! 😉 after breakfast we came upstairs and changed our shoes because he wanted to go play tennis! What a funny kid he is! We played two on one, and had the tennis court staff laughing the whole time because none of us knew how to play and Wesley kept hitting the ball out of the court – over the fence! 😉 good thing he is cute!
We played soccer, football, and then got changed for swimming! He met a new friend in the pool whose mom is American and dad Haitian, and she was close to the same age as he is. She spoke Creole and English flawlessly – gave us something to strive for! 😉
After freezing to the bone in the pool (again!) we went up to warm up and dry off! We had some great conversation with the other kids via FaceTime, and a million laughs all day long! He is so much more comfortable even today! We are speaking lots of Creole back and forth, and he’s picking up lots of English phrases too. His favorite is when we say, “Are you ready?” In English, and he says “yes! I’m ready!”
The most eye opening part is probably that we are drinking water constantly and he is normally not drinking even a fraction of this water, or that he’s in the heat constantly so he’s sweating it off. He has to go pee about 47,000 times each day. No joke. He’s not used to AC for sure, and being in cool environments out of the heat is unheard of for him. So I’m sure the water is just sitting inside processing instead of coming out.
Activities hold his attention for a typical 20 min or so – even movies. He just isn’t used to so many options of things to do. A normal day for him outside of school is wandering halls, maybe playing with other kids but certainly nothing structured. All our cars, legos, sports, pool, food, etc is probably overstimulating. He is having the time of his life having us all to himself though. For sure! He is giggly, laid back, chatty (in Creole and English, as much as he knows) and just plain silly! Typical giggly happy 6-year old!
He is very excited to see the kids soon and come home to America! We talked about it a few times and he visibly lights up! He is also excited to go tell his friends all about the hotel when he gets back to the orphanage tomorrow 😉
We are almost ready for bed, going to hopefully sleep all night again, then get up for breakfast and playtime for the morning and lunch and then get ready to go back to Foyer around 2pm because he needs to get back to get ready for evening routine and school the next day.
Im sure it will be such a weird thing going back to Foyer tomorrow for him. Odd because I think he had no clue that any of these experiences here even existed, or could exist for him. All the food, the pool, the grassy area to play (even though it is AstroTurf I’m pretty sure he’s never seen anything like it!) and the room/bathroom/cushy bed, etc. it is probably like living a dream for 36 hours. He’s all snuggled up next to me holdin my hand as I type – with my thumbs. I think he’s pretty well attached. 😉
I’m a little nervous for how it will go tmw dropping him off back at the orphanage…we’ll see. Prayers appreciated!
Going to try to call the kids one last time and get this little pumpkin to sleep! 😉