Have I ever told you that one of my “Bucket List” items is to learn conversational Spanish? No? Okay…now you know. So I decided that I would try to figure out all the Spanish words before reading the English translation. I dusted off my high school Spanish-class skills and the few that I’ve picked up from trying to read Latina magazines in the check-out line at the grocery store and took a stab at it.
Yeah…so I didnt’ figure it all out on my own. I AM happy to report that I managed to figure out that he has a brother, a sister and a mama named Esther. (Please refrain from telling me that your 6-year-old could have figured that out with their Sesame Street skillz).
I also played that game with my daughters. They got a little huffy. “Just reeeeeead it!!”
Even though it was a simple form letter that they use for younger kids (he is only five), we still learned a few new things about him. His favorite food is fried rice, specifically a Peruvian dish called chaufa. It’s not too much different from one of my favorite dishes, Japanese fried rice, so we can now bond over a shared love of food. 🙂
We already knew that our little guy loves cars and trucks and any kind of sport involving balls, but the picture that he drew for us confirmed that he is definitely all boy…
Apparently, he likes Spiderman. Is there some kind of universal boy rule that states you must adore a super-hero?
He did ask why we chose to sponsor him. That’s going to be a tricky one to answer. We technically don’t sponsor him. Since he is our correspondence child, we write to him and provide the “human touch” so-to-speak while someone else pays his sponsorship fees. (Sidenote: if you are interested in being a correspondent, call Compassion and ask them to sign you up!) I think the heart of the question is “Why do you think I’m special enough to sponsor? Why did you pick me?”
Sadly, he also asked us to pray for reconciliation for his parents. When we first received this assignment, his father was listed as being in the home. Evidentially, they have separated since then because Jose did not list him as a family member.
In other Compassion news, I got a shipment of cool promotional stickers.
I thought this sticker would look really cute on my laptop. I was right….but it only lasted a whole 15 minutes. The Eldest claimed the spare for her school binder so, of course, The Youngest could not be left out. We peeled it off the computer and it now promotes Compassion at our local elementary school from 8:00-3:40 each day. 😉
I also got a couple of window clings. Did I mention that it is all FREE. Get some for yourself RIGHT HERE.