Bye Bye Dylan
There were some up and downs, but gosh… I really love his kid! He has such a good heart, and a soft sweet personality. Dylan’s family took him out of his Chinese school, and asked me to prepare him for an entrance exam at an international school. He had tried to gain access but his English level was too low. After much deliberation, they decided that homeschooling, with an English speaking person, might give him the edge that he needed to be accepted to an International School.
Dylan came to my apartment, Monday to Friday, for 4-5 hours a day. We often ate together, we took walks when he was just too tired of thinking, and he loved playing with Eli. They built forts, played with cars, and we often baked and cooked Western dishes. Dylan came with me to the hospital when Eli fell and knocked his lip open. In many ways, it felt like I had another child… and I LOVED IT! Dylan fitted in with us – so perfectly!
Our Last Day
Monday was our last day together. He came over in the morning, and assisted me on a photoshoot at May 4th Square. It was pretty cloudy, so I didn’t need the reflector as much as I thought I would. Nevertheless, he diligently followed me, ready to help out, if needed. My mother had taken Eli to Leader Plaza to play, so when Dylan and I were done with the shoot, we met them at the mall for lunch.
Dylan doesn’t like photographs. He is really shy when I take out my camera. On the odd chance that I do get him in a shot, he will pull a funny face. I only managed to get the picture below because I told Dylan that I was “testing the light”. It turned out to be a pretty good shot of him, so (sorry Dylan) it is A KEEPER! Even though I have a number of candid pictures of Dylan at our apartment, this is definitely my favorite one of all…
Above, Not a great photo but I do also love this one of Dylan and I in the taxi, on the way to a photoshoot.
Our Celebratory Lunch
Dylan did two international school entrance exams. On this Monday, he had only done one of them, but we received the call that morning that he had been accepted. I wanted to treat him for his accomplishment, so I told him that he could have whatever he wanted for lunch. He chose sushi.
See what I mean… terrible blurry pictures of Dylan. When I take out my camera, he literally ducks, and tries to hide away!
Dylan had sashimi on rice. It came with a salad and miso soup —> I need this kid in my life! When his food came, I wished that I had known that this option was on the menu. I ordered a couple rolls of sushi for the table, and my mom and Eli shared a Japanese Pork Cutlet (Tonkatsu) With Curry.
After lunch we needed to get home to study for a few hours. It was our last afternoon together, but I was thankful that we had enjoyed the morning in each other’s company too. It was a good “last day”.
Dylan and Eli got on the kids train, which laps this floor of the mall. My mother and I walked towards the exit, while the boys did laps. The train driver dropped them off at the exit door, and they both had big smiles on their faces. I’m sure that Dylan was mainly smiling about Eli’s smile. They would be such good brothers.
Zooming by us as we walk
While Justin was in the States, Dylan still came to class everyday. On the morning that Justin came home, Dylan was at the apartment waiting with Eli and I. When we saw Justin coming up the stairs, I swear that Dylan was just as excited as I was. He kept shouting, “Eli… it’s daddy. Daddy is coming home!”.
That morning we shared brunch, and I got a photo of the four of us together.
On Friday Dylan is going back to Taiwan for a month, but after the summer, I am definitely going to make a point of having him over for meals and outings. It is really something special to invest so much into a child. I know that God brought him into our lives for a reason, and I can’t imagine not seeing him regularly anymore.
We love you Dylan!