Well, now we have about two dozen fat, white beetle grubs hiding in the dirt in two big plastic containers. To be honest, they're not very cuddly creatures, but we look forward to watching them grow into large black beetles in the spring. I guess we've become beetle-breeders.
At the same time, we found another praying mantis egg case outside in our yard, which means we'll have another lively batch of baby praying mantises in the spring, too.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
My fun fact is about how my husband and I met. At the time I was living in Germany near the French border and part of the staff of the weekly inline skate through town. We went on a trip to Paris to join the Friday night skate there (3 hours, about 25km). I liked it so much I went back several times, then asked if I could join the staff there. For the first few months, fellow staffers would put me up for the night. Then I decided I was going to spend my summer holidays in Paris, and at staff meeting I asked if someone could help me find accommodation for three weeks. The guy who stepped up is now the father of my bilingual daughter.
Let me add that I stopped my weekly commutes a year later to move to Paris full-time. And I continued to staff at the Friday night skate up until my pregnancy. Practically all of our friends were on staff there as well, and four among them (two couples) met each other there, too.
Now we're waiting for our daughter's feet to be big enough for her first pair of inline skates. She already tried ice skating last winter:
In December 2006 I flew to Sydney, Australia to visit my sister who had been living there since 2002 and to escape the German winter. I also wanted to once again spend New Year's Eve watching the spectacular fireworks that Sydney is famous for. I got all that and so much more...
New Year's Eve was also the night I met my partner - a colleague and former flatmate of my sister's. He, like me, is German!!! We spent a lot of time together and after 4 weeks I had to go back to Germany. 6 months later I quit my job, turned down an amazing job offer (as English teacher in a bilingual (German-English) daycare centre, a job that is usually only offered to English native speakers, which I am not), booked my flight and returned to Sydney in early August of 2007. Now some 7+ years later I am still here in Sydney with the man that I fell in love with on New Year's Eve and together we've got a beautiful baby boy that is now nearly 7 months old.
I had to travel to the other side of the globe to meet the love of my life... And it happened to be a guy who grew up "only" some 550km from where I grew up. Could it have been any more complicated???
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Amy: Right you are Mayken!
Mar 28, 2018 1:43:20 GMT 9
Marisa: Way to go, Mayken! That's the (bilingual) spirit
Mar 29, 2018 0:55:54 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Will check out your podcast interview on my next run!
Mar 30, 2018 23:24:37 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter brought home her ml report card (she gets a separate one from the regular report card at her bilingual school), and it's straight A's! (Better than her marks in ML on the main report card.) I'm so proud!!!
Mar 31, 2018 6:10:44 GMT 9
Amy: Gratuliere (Congratulations) Mayken!!
Mar 31, 2018 16:54:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Thank you, Amy! As a reward, we allowed her to purchase a big item from her Christmas money--a Playmobil house, with which she now plays in ml!
Apr 4, 2018 3:37:31 GMT 9
Amy: Reward all the way round . Bilingual education can be a virtuous circle
Apr 4, 2018 5:26:18 GMT 9
Nellie: What great news, Mayken!
Apr 5, 2018 4:36:26 GMT 9
Raquel: I totally missed this. Congratulations, Mayken!! You have reason to be proud
Apr 10, 2018 20:08:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Today my daughter helped a classmate finish her ml homework just before school - all in ml. (My daughter had finished hers the day before at home.)
Apr 11, 2018 3:58:56 GMT 9
Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
Apr 12, 2018 18:16:38 GMT 9
Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
Apr 13, 2018 4:25:21 GMT 9
Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
Apr 14, 2018 5:34:03 GMT 9
Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
Apr 16, 2018 2:24:35 GMT 9
Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
Apr 17, 2018 0:50:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
Apr 17, 2018 7:44:14 GMT 9