Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Welcome Sharron!

The last week and a half we have had an even busier household as we welcomed Sharron who will live with us for 11 weeks. She is Chinese from Hong Kong. Some of you may remember when I started blogging we had Sebastian living with us. This is his little sister. He was with us for 18 months before he moved on to Adelaide and boarding school. We still miss him so much. The father likes his children to have a western education and has some association with the school my children go to. It traditionally has quite a few asian boarders. Sebastian was too young to go into the boarding house so he lived with us. It was a huge!!! learning curve. He came to our school to learn the language and culture before going onto a 'bigger and better' school!!!! When we were initially asked to have Sharron we decided we wouldn't simply because of her age but then realised that her father would simply find someone else to have her and at least we know the family and problems that may happen. She is 9 years old and has been sent by herself to live with strangers in a foreign country for 11 weeks. Not quite sure how it can be justified. Apparently the children are academically gifted but we found with Sebastian that yes he was clever but not exceptionally and he had to work very hard at it. Why not let them be gifted with their own age group?? She is a gorgeous little girl who is coming out of her shell more and more every day. She has the most beautiful smile and laugh. The first few days were just horrible with her being very homesick and lots and lots of tears. Something heartbreaking about hearing a little girl sob herself to sleep. Dad thought it was character building and good for her!!
Welcome Sharron, we will do our very best to fill your time with us with positive and fun times!

10 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

Welcome and enjoy your time in Australia

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Welcome Sharron! That is a long time to be away from home at that age - hope she settles in quickly.

Kimonos and Sushi said...

I hope sharron has a beautiful time in Aus for 11 weeks.The 11 weeks will pass every so quickly.

Indigo Blue said...

9 years old and 11 weeks away from home!! I think she has acheived a lot by getting on the plane!! I am sure there are many reason why her Dad feels that this will be good for her and I amsure that she will have a great time and may not want to go home by the end of it, but I do hate the phrase 'Character building' I feel it is code for making you do something you do not really want to do. Best wishes to you all and Lise I think you must be something special to do this as well. let me know about any little thing that she likes that I could make for her as I know that kids like to get post and I could send her something, maybe one of those little bags I made for the giveaway or something from Cornwall, get back to me when you can.xx
xx

Owens Family Adventures said...

Boy is she young to be away from home for so long.Glad she is with you and your family where she is safe and will be well taken care of. Tell her we all send our welcomes!! :)
dawn

Calidore said...

I could not even imagine sending James (who is 9) away for that length of time to a foreign country and with people he wouldn't know. Ekkkkk - that's the stuff nightmares are made of. I hope everything works out well for you all and Sharron has a wonderful time and settles down soon. Who was the idiot that developed the term "character building"??? More like a fast track to the shrinks office.

Carol said...

Oh she looks like a darling, I hope she enjoys her stay. I bet Jimmy will go a long way in helping her on that path. :-)

Anne Heidi said...

Oh Sharron is such a cutie! I hope she will settle in and enjoy her stay quickly. She is so young to be so far away from home... She is so lucky to stay with you Lise.

Missie Krissie said...

Wow, welcome Sharron! I hope she finds her feet soon, 9 is so young to be in such a foreign place without her parents! I lived in Denmark for a year as an exchange student but I was 16 and still scared stiff when I left! Lots of motherly cuddles may help :)

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