I have two families, one of which I have been visiting for a year now and the other which I have been visiting for a few weeks through the class. It is interesting to go through the process of meeting another Nepali family all over again. There are more similarities than differences.
Both families have been equally open and welcoming. When my partners and I visited the family we are assigned to through the class, all of the children were looking out the window and waiting for us. When they saw us come to the gate they waved excitedly and buzzed us in. By the time we walked up the stairs, their apartment door was open and they were waving for us to come in. They immediately asked us to have a seat. (Ive noticed through spending time with my other nepali family also that they are always asking you to sit). Anyways, we began talking and the 11 year old boy ended up taking over most of the conversation. He is related to our family but has been in the US for 2 years which is much longer than our actual family. He has the best English that I have heard thus far. He was telling us about his country and coming to America. The thing that stood out the most for me, was when he said that he wanted to go back to Nepal immediately and he cried a lot when he first came here. He asked his mom when they were going to go back to Nepal and she said maybe in 5 years. He said he wished that 5 years would be only one week. However, now he is happy that he stayed and does not want to go back. It was interesting to hear the story of moving away from home to a completely different culture from the perspective of an 11 year old who was only 9 years old when it happened. He was very shocked to hear that I had never moved from my home and that ive been living in the same house for the past 20 years. I can’t wait to keep learning from this young boy and the rest of the family. They have already shared a lot.