Most of you reading this blog know that I have two kids. And now two kids-in-law. But . . . for a 10-month period in 2008-2009, I actually had a third kid! (Four . . . if you count Tom.)
(And we often count Tom.)
For the 2008-2009 school year, we were the host family for Dominik, a young man from the Czech Republic. It was a wonderful experience for all of us, and Dominik was a great fit for our family. Erin was away at college in Ohio, so she floated in and out back then, but Brian (who was a junior in high school that year) and Dominik got along famously. Dominik was eager to experience life in an American high school with an American family, and we were eager to share it with him.
Dominik played hockey on the high school hockey team with Brian. (There he is, number 21.)
He and Brian had a great time together (sometimes maybe . . . a little too great. . . ). There was a lot of laughter and a lot of joking around that year -- a real sense of adventure for all of us.
We did a bit of traveling -- to show Dominik as much of America as we could. We went to Chicago and Washington DC and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
There was a skiing adventure in Colorado for spring break.
In the end, Dominik had a full American high school experience here: football games and pep rallies, the hockey team, exam week, prom, graduation. All of it. He even dated an American girl while he was here!
A girl he stayed connected with . . . after he returned home to the Czech Republic. And all through college. And then through graduate school. And even after he moved to Prague to begin his career.
And you know what's happening now? Dominik . . . and that same girl he met and dated here in high school . . . are getting married! (Talk about circling back!) We're so excited!
Brian and Tom and I met Dominik last Saturday for dinner, which was wonderful. (Here they are together last Saturday at Bells . . . all grown up and everything!)
And today . . . is the wedding!
(I feel sort of like . . . cupid.)
(But mostly . . . I can't wait to meet Dominik's real mom.)
Have a great weekend, everyone!