“Being curious makes you richer.” Cecilia said it, not me.
Last week marked the completion of her first month with us in America.
It has been an incredible first month, to say the least!
Ceci is unlike almost any other 17 year old I’ve ever known. Her demeanor, spirit, and attitude are well beyond her years, yet she displays a side that is still very young and innocent.
Recently, I asked Ceci for one simple thing. I asked that on or around the 6th of each month while she is here, she submits to me three things she has learned, realized, thought, felt, etc. during the previous month.
I told her it could be as simple or complex as she wanted to make it, and that it would go on my blog.
This means that by the time she leaves on January 4, 2017, she will have submitted to me five monthly recaps or 15 total things learned/discovered.
And, of course, I would never ask her to do something that I could or would not do myself.
As such, the way that both she and I went about month one was vastly different.
Being Curious Makes You Richer
Month 1: Me to Ceci
- You are extremely brilliant. At just 17, you are fluent in more languages than most will be in their entire lives. You know Italian, English, French, and German, and Ryan and I are constantly amazed at your language brilliance.
- This month you learned about our food, and we learned about yours. Without hesitation, you eat every single thing I cook, and I think you have really enjoyed it! You are loving the nightly “desserts,” my bread recipe, toast with A Loving Spoon peanut butter (or what was once A Loving Spoon peanut butter anyways!), and the fact that we are always stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. You made us homemade Italian pizza, a pasta dish, and the weekend treat of fresh espresso from Italy!
- You are always up for anything, and we appreciate it. I love that you go with me on simple errand runs, with all of us to Baristas and the Farmer’s Market, and that you are excited for all our upcoming travel plans.
On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, I was sitting at my office desk early in the morning. Ceci came out, gently handed me a folded up sheet of paper then headed for the kitchen to make breakfast and head to school.
I opened the paper, and inside were her three things (exactly as she wrote them).
Month 1: Ceci to Me
- Being curious makes you richer
- Believing in yourself is the first step to succeed
- Leaving from the differences between what you know and the unknown is the best thing ever!
It could not have been any simpler or more beautiful.
Her handwriting, thoughts, and charisma were clear as ice.
Did I mention she is seventeen?
I have read then re-read those three statements a multitude of times, and I can’t get over how well beyond her years they are.
With one month down and just four to go, I know we are trying to do our very best to ensure that her experience in America is the best it quite possibly could be.
Time is going so quickly, and even though we only have Cecilia for such a short amount of time, we do thank God for her coming to America and choosing us every single day.
And yes, Ceci…..being curious makes you richer. Thank you for reminding me of it!