“Daddy, Daddy, look….. TOYS!!!!!”
Elation. Ecstasy. Euphoria. Never has a 2 year old been as excited walking into a cousin’s toy room.
Which is perfectly understandable. I mean, just look at these photos of us playing with all of those toys.
Over the next few weeks as Jr spent time with all 9 of his cousins, his world view evolved significantly.
“Daddy, I want to go home.” (to play with toys)
“Daddy, I want friends.” (to play with toys)
“Daddy, I want to go to school.” (to play with toys)
As the proverbial kid in the literal candy store, he wanted the dream summer vacation that never ends. (But of course, this being the Internet and all, somebody with poor reading comprehension will get on their soap box about how there was an absence of toys or play time with other kids prior to this point in time. That would be false.)
We were already planning on returning to Taipei to Recharge and Create. Perhaps a regular playgroup / pre-school would offer play time and socialization while also providing Mommy and Daddy with some personal time. Listening to your kids is a wonderful thing.
I chatted up a few of the American and European teachers (“we teach English” is a big selling point) and Winnie read online reviews. We met with a school and viewed a classroom, but weren’t completely sure what to ask. This was uncharted territory for us. Unstructured play time? Yes. Freedom to explore? Yes. Kids and toys to play with? Also yes. We started with 3 hour