Yesterday Serena appeared and our family increased by one. This will be the second time we have hosted a student from China. It just proves that the family can expand and contract quickly. I use the term family because they become and integral part of the day-to-day family functions - dining together, playing together, working together, traveling together.... the list goes on and on.
In fact there is a tradition in our family of "hosting or being hosted". D'Lane and Ann hosted a high school boy from Denmark (I think); Mom left home while in high school and lived with a family until graduation. I have nieces that spent summers overseas with families.
The cultural exchange is amazing and wonderful. I look forward to this experience and hope it sets an example for our children.