Tuesday, September 17, 2013

On having a son in high school

Ethan started school about three weeks ago.
Let me rephrase:  Ethan started HIGH SCHOOL about three weeks ago.  I'm just gonna let that one sink in for a minute.

When we came to Japan three years ago, Ethan was in 6th grade.  At that time, we weren't really sure if we were going to put him in Japanese school, homeschool, or Hokkaido International School.  After taking a tour of the International School, we decided to bite the bullet (and a big chunk of our salaries) and enroll him there.  And we've never regretted it.  Not only does Ethan get a top-notch education there, but he'll be able to easily transition to an American school when we decide to return.

Now, he's in 9th grade, and studying geometry, taking Theater as an elective, and reading "Things Fall Apart" in Literature class.  These are all things I vividly remember doing as a high schooler, which makes it all the more amazing to me.  I guess it wasn't THAT long ago, haha.

He plays guitar, reads voraciously, and can carry Japanese men on his shoulders.  Oh, and he doesn't mind hanging out with his mom every once in a while.  Sure, he's likes more alone time now, and occasionally he can have quite an attitude, but that's to be expected at this age.  Time is going by a little faster than I'd expected, but I'm proud of the young man Ethan is turning out to be.

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