09 July 2011

More from Asher's School

We are about two months into the first term and Asher is still loving his school. He's been going 3 or 4 days a week just depending on what we have going on. Some weeks he goes everyday, but that leaves him pretty worn out by Friday afternoon.

Asher and his friends in their classroom. He's the little white boy on the right.

His favorite day of school is Thursday because he gets to wear his Jesus shirt (sports outfit) and his Jesus shirt shoes (white shoes). He also likes Fridays more now that we bought him a new Thai outfit to wear. It's a little more comfortable and fits better. I was getting used to seeing Lightning McQueen underwear on Friday afternoons because his pants were always falling off of him.

So, you know those stereotypical immigrant parents? The ones that dress sort of funny, talk sort of funny and always seem clueless? Yeah, that's us.

For example, a few weeks ago they had a special day called "Wai the Teacher and Bring the Teacher a Flower Day." Basically the day was like teacher's appreciation day except instead of gift cards you were supposed to bring the teacher a flower. So, we were confused about which day it was and didn't send him to school with a flower. Oh well, he's 2, he doesn't care. Turns out this always happens on a Thursday. Never, ever would this occur on a Friday.

So, the next Thursday was another special day. It was "Health Check Day." There was nothing we needed to do, but we read carefully. We knew it was happening. The day before (on Wednesday) Asher's teacher made a big production of telling Roger something. He heard, "Wear polite clothes tomorrow." In reality she said, "We are checking health tomorrow." In Thai those two things sound a lot alike. Like, polite is "soo-phap" and health is "soo-kha-phap" (I think). We are talking one little vowel sound. So, while the other two hundred students showed up on Thursday in their Jesus shirts for "Health Check Day" Asher showed up in his normal uniform. We had no idea what she could mean by polite clothes, we figured his normal uniform was much more polite than his sports uniform. Again, oops, he's 2, he has no idea that he looks different (okay, more different, he is the only white kid).

Asher getting his "soo-kha-phap" checked while wearing his "soo-phap" uniform.

Then, the next Thursday was "Dental Health Check Day." We didn't mess anything up. Asher got a new tube of toothpaste. Victory.


Anthony & Sharon said...

Too fun! I for one like his polite clothes. Glad preschool is going so well for him!!

Bethany said...

I love this! Aww...the "immigrant parents." It makes me laugh. At least he's two and doesn't realize it.