Thursday, July 26, 2007

have I trained him well or what?

We had a sign of life from our little camping sweetheart today. Not only did he write us a postcard, he wrote it in English! That pleases me no end since I am, after all, the only English speaker in his life.

Here's what he wrote. I have left spelling and punctuation intact.

Hi Mummy, Boy14 and Papa

I got your Card and i loved it. Im fine and its so much fun! I think the picture is the place where we went swimming! yesterday I like the fodd food! Today they had Bratwurst and smashed patatoes.

love, Boy11

Well, it sounds like things are going just fine, doesn't it? I'm really happy that he's enjoying it, I kind of had a feeling he would.

The picture on the front of the card is the Gartower See, a lake only a short bike ride away from the camp.

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At July 26, 2007 5:31 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

That is sweet!

Is it "Mummy" or "Mommy" in Canada? Just curious. I guess I thought Mummy was just a British thing. I know my Spanish "family" says "Mum," because they are taught English-English, instead of our bastardized American version.

At July 26, 2007 6:33 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Angie - It's either or, really. Mummy is pretty popular in Canada too, just depends on your preference and your roots, I guess. I call my mother Mum and she called her English mother Mummy so we continued on with the tradition. German kids often call their mothers Mami - it kind of fits in with that too.

Sometimes my kids call me Mom just to bug me. :-)

At July 26, 2007 6:45 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

That's so cute. Would you have actualy expected the card to be written in German? Just wondering.

I'm sure it's a relief for you that he's really enjoying it there. :)

At July 26, 2007 7:17 p.m., Blogger christina said...

CanSwiss - I kind of did think he would write in German since I'm the only one in the family he speaks English to. Otherwise our life is conducted totally in German.

At July 26, 2007 7:29 p.m., Anonymous ian said...

Isn't it a thrill to get something in your own language from your children? It might not sound like a big deal to the folks back home, but I treasure them.

Try to find that old joke song for when he comes back:
Hello mudda, hello fadda
Here I am at... Camp Grenada
Camp is very... entertaining
And they say that we'll have fun when it stops raining.

- ian

At July 26, 2007 8:07 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

"smashed potato"

Hehehe, that's just cute!

At July 26, 2007 8:53 p.m., Blogger christina said...

ian - It sure is! I keep all the little notes and letters they've written.

That song crossed my mind the other day. I'll have to look for it on YouTube.

Elemm - He's been calling them "smashed" potatoes ever since he could talk. I think it's cute too.

At July 27, 2007 9:56 a.m., Blogger Betsy said...

Very, very cute! That's a definite keeper-- and you'll probably enjoy it just as much the third, fourth, fifth time around!

So glad to hear he's having fun. I mean, you knew he would, but isn't it nice to hear him be so enthusiastic?

At July 27, 2007 3:22 p.m., Blogger tinakala said...

Potato-smashing, aren`t they. Very cute.

At July 27, 2007 10:58 p.m., Blogger Trac said...

Crikey - just left a long message and it got eaten...

...smashed maybe?

At July 28, 2007 12:04 a.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Awww, just goes to show - no matter how old they are, they're always your baby!

At July 29, 2007 1:25 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

I think it's wonderful that he remembered at all to send a card. You know how it is when you get busy at camp - notes home can be forgotten! I'm glad he's having a fun time.

At July 29, 2007 1:57 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Betsy - Yep, I keep reading it and laughing. I love all the exclamation points.

tinakala - I'm so happy he liked the food since he's such a picky eater - not like the rest of us who will eat anything. I guess you can't go wrong with smashed potatoes though.

Trac - Blogger is evil. Or hungry?

Eurotrippen - Oh yeah, he's definitely still my baby and even want to cuddle now and then.

Dixie - I know! We were quite amazed. I sent some stamps along with him and wrote down the address and all, but still. His brother warned him that the postcards in their little kiosk are usually sold out in the first couple of days so maybe he got worried. :-)

At July 29, 2007 5:18 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

how cute! Yes you have trained him well and it looks like so much fun!

At July 29, 2007 9:41 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

You have to admit it, Christina--he's a Mummy's Boy! But we've known that for a long time. Nicholas is the same way and I LOVE it.

At July 29, 2007 11:38 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Expat - It's been raining a lot - I hope he's not too soggy.

ginnie - Oh yes, he's a total Mummy's Boy. But I don't mind. More hugs for me! :-)

At July 30, 2007 7:58 a.m., Anonymous Karen said...

Smashed potatoes - great!!!! ;-)

At July 30, 2007 6:34 p.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

Oh that is so sweet! Are you proud or what?

At July 31, 2007 4:09 p.m., Blogger Mike B said...

I just love smashed potatoes. And after camping out next to a highway last week, I'm truly envious of that idyllic scene.


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