Nicolas is here, but he is not here yet. He goes to an international school where everything is taught in English; he also has Spanish classes everyday, but he has only one lesson a week of Italian. All his friends speak English, and they share similar interests. The way I see it, he lives in a little bubble where everything is similar to what he lost (his Californian life). So, what is a mother to do? She must pop the bubble! Well, kind of... We have signed him up for the local soccer team, where many of the kids from the town play. Nicolas doesn't like to go to practice, and he has used many excuses to get out of it! He hurts, he is sick, he is tired, he has a sore throat, and so on. He got away with it a couple of times (he was really sick!) but the third time I said that nothing was going to stop us from going... well, it rained -not our usual Californian drizzle- it poured! But I had to be true to my word, so I got him in the car, and we drove down to the field (if there is no grass, just dirt, is it still called a field?). I was thinking that there was not going to be a practice under those conditions. It was cold and miserable! NO, calcio (soccer) is not going to stop because of some silly rainstorm! Nico stayed and he had a good time!!! His Italian is improving and I also get a chance to meet other Italian parents and pop my own bubble!
Other times we just enjoy some good old fun. We ride our bicycles around the lake and get soaked when a storm starts out of nowhere, or we go to the lake for a day in the sun and some swimming (no longer the case, since it is cold now), or we go for a walk and get some gelato on the way back. Nicolas is enjoying the change of pace, even though it means he is no longer in California with his friends. He misses them so much!