We went up to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto where I had a chance to observe something in common between two lads of different lands.
Patriotism. OH MY!!! It came out in spades. :)
In polo we had Canada up against the USA... cheer loudly my boy did and Canada came SO CLOSE to the win...but alas.. the final score was 11-10 in favour of the USA.
In the horse jumping competition we had a number of different lands represented, but one of them Brazil. My having fun but not thrilled student perked up quickly. He clapped and cheered on his rider. Who, like the Canadian polo team, came SO close to making it through to the final few...but knocked one jump unexpectedly.
Two boys who handled their disappointment well.
It's one of the joys of hosting an international student... seeing the similarities as well as the differences. :) It's a good thing.