Silent Sunday 4.8.19
Aug04

Silent Sunday 4.8.19

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Return from the French exchange
May26

Return from the French exchange

My son’s bus arrived back at school just before midnight, a week after he’d set off for his French exchange. I hadn’t been worried for him, but I’d spent a lot of time wondering what he was doing. I know he’s very resilient, but I really wanted him to have a good time. And he did! I imagined he’d be tired, with it being nearly midnight and his body an hour ahead, but he was full of tales and...

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Things I wonder (the French exchange)
May22

Things I wonder (the French exchange)

My son is away on a French exchange and I can’t stop wondering. About him. About if he’s OK. About France and if it’s changed since I was on the French exchange nearly 30 years ago. In my day, there were no mobile phones and no social media. There was an agreement that you would call your family twice on the French family’s phone and, in return, the French kid would phone his/ her family on your home phone....

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The French exchange
May19

The French exchange

So my son has gone away on his French exchange. He’s not overly keen on French, so I was surprised (but pleased) when he said he wanted to go. Over the last couple of weeks he’s got really excited about it. And no wonder! What an opportunity – to go away with your friends, to another country, to make new friends and stay with a French family. My son goes to the same secondary school I went to. Remarkably, they are...

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