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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wheels Up

As we watch our final sunset in Kuwait this evening, our family looks back and reflects on a truly remarkable time.  Nearly three years ago, almost to the day, we arrived in Kuwait not knowing what to expect.  Tonight, we leave this country with a much better understanding of its people, culture and way of life.  If you haven't had a chance to explore this part of the world, I encourage you to do so.  It is amazing!

Thanks to all who've  faithfully followed this blog for the past three years, and to those who have followed me for even longer.  I hope all of you have enjoyed our adventures as much as I've enjoyed bringing them to you.  

Now we move on to Berlin, for another exciting chapter in our lives. Who knows what becomes of us there.  

Take everyone and goodbye from Kuwait.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Mini Report



Every year we’ve rewarded Christopher with a small gift for doing such a great job during the school year.  For the last two years, he’s gone on a shopping spree to the toy store (Toys R Us).  This year, however, we decided to take a different approach.  Instead of toys, we bought him an IPad Mini.

He’s been bugging us for over a year now and we’ve resisted his every advance.   
“When can I have an IPad?” he’d ask.

“When you start growing facial hair”, I’d sometimes say.

“When will that start?”

“At puberty,” I say.

Slight pause then,”What’s puberty, daddy?” 

Maybe I shouldn’t have said that.  I often talk over my child’s head, leaving him clueless. 


A friend of ours texted me one day (I’d casually mentioned to her that we were seriously thinking of buying one for Christopher) and said she could buy us an IPad mini for a super cheap price from the American military base here in Kuwait.   We jumped at the opportunity, needless to say.  Two days later, we had our (okay, his) IPad. 

Before we handed it over, I prepared a few things for him like downloading a few games.  Of the three or four games I downloaded, there’s one that’s literally going to explode if he doesn’t stop playing it!

The other day, he points to a diagram showing some statistical data and says, “Daddy look, I’ve played over 2,000 games so far and I’ve gotten a million points!!”


Besides the games and other personal touches I installed on his behalf, I also set up an Email account for him.  Yes, you read that right.  He has his own Email account which, is closely monitored.  You see, right before school ended, a few parents approached me wanting to know if Christopher had an Email address.  I said no.  To be quite honest, I hadn’t given it any thought.  He’s too young and he hates writing to begin with, so why bother.  

But after carefully weighing all our options, my wife and I decided to go ahead and set one up.  As I said, it’s monitored.  Every message he sends and receives comes directly to our account.  Not that he’s gone hog wild writing to every family and friend on the face of the earth.  He hasn’t.  Unless one of us prompts him to write one of his friends or granny and grandpa, he probably won’t.  Keeping in contact with family and friends around the world will, hopefully, become an interesting hobby for him.   One day, I hope. 

Right now though, it’s all about reaching two million points!