Wry Exchange


Would You Want to Know?
12-07-08, 3:28 am
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  If you were a parent of an exchange student, would you want to know if your child violated a serious rule, or broke the law in a foreign country?   Assuming it’s not serious enough that she’ll be sent home, do you really want to know?

Would you want to know your daughter was on her knees in a store window?  Would you want to know if your son tried coca leaves in the Andes?  What if she tried special brownies  in Amsterdam?  Would you want to know if your son likes mushrooms as much as you did at his age?    How about if Snowflake gets so drunk he passes out on a bus/train/subway and misses his stop by an hour or two?  (happens every year.)

Where do you draw the line?  Scuba diving? Sightseeing in a Cessna? Driving a snowmobile?   Do you want to know about the bungee jumping,  fake ID, or sneaking out of the house?  

I’ve been asking people their opinions.   Most people have told me they’d rather not know.  I was surprised, because I like to know everything.   I understand the other side now, as one woman told me she’d rather not worry about something she couldn’t help.

I am a firm believe in “Better living through modern chemistry.”  Momma likes her pills.  I have prescriptions for them, so they’re ‘medication,’ not drugs.  I think life is full of grey areas, and perhaps some stories should be left for later when they become charming anecdotes of misguided youth.  Like the time when I…

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Trouble in Feslandia Update
04-07-08, 12:01 am
Filed under: Exchange Program, Exchange Students, Outbounds Outbounds | Tags: ,

 Today was our Spring meeting with all the students and their parents.  It wasn’t the way Wry the anal  would’ve run it; several of the students and parents told me they didn’t receive information about the meeting.  Of course, anal Wry sent an email reminder out to ‘my’ kids.   I’m not certain how much to believe though;  I asked my students if they shared particular country information with their parents.  The kids all said ‘yes’, and the parents all looked lost.  I just rolled my eyes, and passed out my business card to the parents.  (I didn’t meet the parents at interviews since I was out of the country.)
My parents had great questions this year.  They asked a lot of questions I’ve answered here on ‘Wry Exchange.’  They asked about traveling without chaperones, money, prejudice, safety, traveler’s checks, clothing, and host families.  Many of the parents are planning to visit their child next Spring, and told me they wished they had this opportunity when they were young.
Husband found a country for the student, and that’s not an easy feat in April!  Most exchange agreements are made in December/January or are long-term agreements.  It’s not FES’s original language group, but it’s the same continent.  Agatha tried to fib her way out of it.  Husband kept calling her on each one.   She seemed to think magic fairies were going to solve the problem and we were interfering.  Husband and I were so stressed when we came home that we had a junkfood fest (after agreeing we weren’t hungry so we weren’t going to make dinner.)  FES’s first country choice hasn’t responded to our final plea, there is still a small chance they’ll take pity on him.  I doubt it, but strange is the norm in Feslandia.
I really like my new word ‘Feslandia’.  I am so easily amused.