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        10-13-2012, 12:51 AM
      #31
    Weanling
    There is a German foreign exchange student at my school who is also crazy tall. Anyways- The other day, we found a picture in a book of a place in Germany and his face just lit up. He was so happy to be talking about what he knew that he actually started talking in German. I don't know if this will help you, but if you can't give him a temp home, give him part of his home. Maybe have a German movie night with english subtitles, or ask him about Germany. It's crazy to be gone from your family for a whole year- imagine how homessick you would be.
         
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        10-13-2012, 09:07 AM
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    Konstantin loves to talk to me about Germany. He is still with his host family. He told me he is bucking up and just going to learn not all families function the same. My daughter now has a boyfriend and he has been spending much less time here now.... I didn't know he was liking my daughter more than their friendship. A group of her friends, boyfriend included, are all going to a movie tonight. Her boyfriend asked Konstantin to join them 7-8 are going....but he said he didn't think that would be a good idea :( I am hoping he is going to change his mind.
         
        10-13-2012, 07:50 PM
      #33
    Showing
    The part I wasn't seeing was what is he like in the other home? You'd have been seeing his best side. He may not have been playing ball at the other home. Because people get in to financial difficulties doesn't make them worse as parents or a host family.
         
        10-13-2012, 08:41 PM
      #34
    Trained
    He might not come around much to not interfere or become the 5th wheel on the waggon.....
    Seems to be a pretty decent kid.
         
        10-14-2012, 09:05 AM
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    I really like Konstantin and he did go out with Madison and her boyfriend and some other friends last night to a movie. He is a good kid and I think he is finally at peace with being here and feeling more comfortable. I am still here for him anytime and he knows that. He told me he loved me and was glad I was there for him as a support person. I will continue to be there for him...
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        10-14-2012, 09:09 AM
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    Saddlebag, he didn't think that made them a better or worse family. He thought he added to the financial strain on the family and the extra burden was adding to the overall stress. He didn't want to be a burden. His host family loves him and the mom recently told me the host dad was out of work for six weeks just before Konstantin got there. The dad has ms and there are some struggles. The host mom and I talked at great length and things are much better for everyone there now.
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        10-14-2012, 01:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by WickedNag    
    Konstantin loves to talk to me about Germany. He is still with his host family. He told me he is bucking up and just going to learn not all families function the same. My daughter now has a boyfriend and he has been spending much less time here now.... I didn't know he was liking my daughter more than their friendship. A group of her friends, boyfriend included, are all going to a movie tonight. Her boyfriend asked Konstantin to join them 7-8 are going....but he said he didn't think that would be a good idea :( I am hoping he is going to change his mind.
    I hope things will work out for him. It must be very unsettling to be away from home in a country that doesn't speak your language and with a family that's probably very socially different from his own
    I know you were convinced he just saw your daughter as a friend but honestly when I saw the photo you posted of her I just thought what normal young man wouldn't be besotted with such a beautiful young girl.
    It might be for the best that he's staying where he is and knowing he does have someone to talk too if he needs.
         

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