Settling In

We’ve been at our new apartment for 3 weeks. The novelty of our environment has worn off and we’re settling into the new place comfortably. We’ve been exploring the surrounding areas and went to the playground almost everyday. We discovered that there was a stream right next to one of the playgrounds and we (or rather I) have caught fish, salamanders and even a crayfish. Sometimes, I think “deprived” city girl that I am, I enjoy these experiences much more than he does.

I’ve also been socializing with our new neighbors. I’ve chatted with quite a few of the parents around here – one Egyptian family (the mother is American), one American family and at least 5 chinese families. I am trying to model sociable behavior for Calvin and it was good to talk to other parents. Calvin being Calvin, did not seem so eager to make new friends with the children he met. When he went on one of his school playdates, the other children were building a fort (again). On his dad’d urgings, he helped one girl carry one heavy log and after marvelling at how strong he is, went off to build his own little fort. He was so happy with it that he would run back to give it a ‘loving’ face.  I guess if I can enjoy sitting at home reading the whole day, it is not surprising if he is happy just being by himself as well. In so many ways, he is just like me. It was hard when we first saw him as a toddler, standing at the sidelines of a playground watching the other children, like a forlorn caged animal looking longing for freedom. In fact, he still does that now. He is always very curious to see what other children are up to, especially if they are crying or getting in trouble…

He does have one good friend which we invited over last week. Sometimes, I worry that he won’t be able to play well with this one friend either but they seem to go fine because they both seem to have the same temperament.


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