School, Walking, and Intense Zoey (with video)

by Dave

Turns out the entire country of France takes the month of August off. This includes the schools, but also many business in town which completely shut down. Without having a car and with four small children, we have hung around Albertville for August (and studied French on our own). But the school year has officially started! For the first time ever, all four of our kids are in public school. It is about a 15 minute walk to the kids school, then another 20 minutes to our school. We have to pick up the kids for lunch too, so we end up walking for over 2 hours a day!

New Timetable
Some people have asked what our timetable looks like now that we are in a new school. So, here is our new timetable:
  • September 2013 – June 2014 = French studies in Albertville
  • July 2014 = move to Cameroon
  • July 2017 – July 2018 = First furlough
Here are some interesting things that have happened recently:

  • Some friends from school had to move back to the US and we adopted their parakeets, which we have renamed Pickles and Blinkey (no, not the kids, we named them).
  • Kaden is continually talking about his teachers “soft” hair. He says it is “soft” as in, not like Kyra’s or Mommy’s. We think he means “straight”.
  • We have been told that Zoey (the most intense person we have ever met) never stops talking at school. We asked if she talked in French, but of course it is in English. The teachers told us that we need to be more strict with her and tell her “no” more often. Seriously?!
  • Makyra’s teacher, on the other hand, said that she cannot get Makyra to talk in class. Can we not have a medium here?
  • Zoey calls everyone honey and longs to be the boss of her siblings, to which we tell her “no.” No really, we do. We have her play by herself at times and she even bosses around her stuffed animals. Here is a sample of a conversation we overheard the other day with her stuffed monkey:
    • “OK Honey, what letter is this?…Now honey, you DO know what this is…don’t say that you do not know if you do know, honey.”
  • Elias has done very well in school. Everyday the teacher says that he was “bien.” We think that at school he has more stuff to hit together, so no wonder he is happy. He also has not had any “accidents” which is an answer to prayer.
  • Whoever it was that bought those mini whiteboards for us did a great job. Stacey is giddy every time she gets to bust them out in class.
In case you doubt Zoey’s intensity, I am including a short clip of our singing time during family worship (sorry for the audio):

Author: David M. Hare

Dave is a husband, father of four Africans, and is currently helping the Kwakum people do Oral Bible Storying and Bible translation in Cameroon, Africa.