Homestay Stories: The Tomkiel Family

Lucia, Yvette, and Prisheila posing with Santa.
Lucia, Yvette, and Prisheila posing with Santa.

Home(stay) for the Holidays, by Carol Tomkiel

Holidays are a time for celebration and fun with family and friends and rest and relaxation away from the demands of school and work.  

Homestay Holidays can be this and much more.

Sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner: from right to left, Ms. Tomkiel (English teacher and homestay parent), Lucia, Yvette, and Prisheila (students from Indonesia), and Laura (Ms. T.'s niece).
Sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner: from right to left, Ms. Tomkiel (English teacher and homestay parent), Lucia, Yvette, and Prisheila (students from Indonesia), and Laura (Ms. T.’s niece).

This past Thanksgiving and Winter breaks, my family and I welcomed three international students from Indonesia:  Lucia Deda, Prisheila Pandor, and Yvette Papare.  They added life and love to our home with an array of:  

Black Friday bargain shopping…with the occasional stop for lattes…

brunches in pj’s…over omelettes, toast, and juice…

fried rice and pizza take-out….China Haus was our local favorite…

ice-cream and cocoa snacks…which meant several cans of Reddi-wip…

snowball fights…amid a din of screeches and laughter that sent the cats running…

miniature snowmen…complete with acorn eyes, noses, and mouths…

cookie baking…including reindeer cookies with red jam noses…

Christmas caroling in the car…”The Little Drummer Boy” was our favorite…

stockings filled with treats and followed by candlelit service at midnight…

Rudolph and Elf on video…the word“abominable” was new…and cool…

Star Wars and Alvin and the Chipmunks at the theater…popcorn…too..

and much, much more.

Mostly, Lucia, Prisheila, and Yvette brought smiles, goodwill, and generosity that I will remember long beyond their stay.

Prisheila says hello to her first off-campus local.
Prisheila says hello to her first off-campus local.