What you pull off in one year says Snoopy and butterfly stay out of my bubble shirt about you than it does about the supreme challenge of learning a new language in adulthood, perhaps the hardest challenge you’ll ever love whether or not you do it in the army. And finally, bear in mind that even short trips abroad will move you forward in leaps and bounds, perhaps more in a week or two than in the rest of your year of study at home! In answering another question, I related how I finally turned my mere learning of the six tones of Vietnamese into real acquisition; suffice it to say it involved a moment of some urgency.
We are different generations Snoopy and butterfly stay out of my bubble shirt and our emotional needs are not in sync. My children have growing friendships with colleagues and other young families as they move through their intense career and family-building years. I have varied relationships with my peers, my cousins, my writing workshop friends, my fellow hikers, my senior center buddies, my partner in love. I’ve also made it a point to reach out to people older than me and younger than me so I don’t get stuck and stale in my own head.