After a day of being shuffled back and forth to the Counselors office by adults on Day One, Lara was met with open arms from her peers on Day Two. Students offered to help her understand what the teacher was saying, some asked if she was staying with the Schreiner’s because they heard about her, others smiled at her and welcomed her.
This gives me such faith in the American Teenager. They know how others feel, what others need…and no matter what country a teenager is from… a teen is a teen is a teen! They have the same fears, likes, dislikes. Their life is music, cell phones, school and friends. And in this case, they know how to reach out to others who may be feeling out of place and awkward. Lara said one girl in US History class saw she was having trouble understanding and offered her her notes without a blink of an eye. I applaud those parents who have taught their children to help others in need.
As for Teenagers around the world… I’m quickly learning that there may be cultural differences… but that’s about it! They still watch music videos on YouTube and chat on Facebook. The other day, Travis and Lara were sitting at the computers next to each other in our office and sharing music videos. Turns out… Germany has most of our performers there too. But we, in turn, do not have the German singers here. Funny, isn’t it?