I am very, very proud (you have no idea how proud) to say:
**JAMES GOT HIS 2/2 TODAY IN CHINESE!**
Holy cow, you guys, this is awesome for so many reasons, not the least of which is that DS folks right now are being put under the microscope in language training in a BIG WAY.
Because of that, and because of many family reasons (I'll get to them in a sec), this test was SUPER high stress and SUPER high stakes.
For example, who in the world wants their CDO contacted and Post contacted and told that they didn't/couldn't make their required language score and thus... (fade to unknown)?!
No one, that's who. And especially not my husband.
But there was also a lot of pressure on him because he scheduled his test 2 weeks earlier than the end date of his class. The reason he scheduled his test that early is:
So get this. James has been a Boy Scout leader/Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster since Matthew (our 17-yr-old) was in kindergarten (Tigers). Matthew is now an Eagle Scout. During all those years, never once (never once!) has James been able to go to Boy Scout summer camp. His job situation never let him. (Reason why I hate TSA # 7,975,233.)
But Matthew turns 18 soon and won't be a Boy Scout any longer. And this is the last summer we're in the US for at least a few years. Thus, next week is James' first and last chance to go on a Boy Scout summer camp trip with both boys, and they are scheduled to leave in just a few days.
So not only was our going-to-Chengdu schedule on the line... not only was the rest of James' training schedule on the line... not only were phone calls to his CDO and Post on the line... not only was the threat of SIX MORE WEEKS OF CHINESE on the line... but also my husband's only chance to go to Boy Scout camp with our two boys was on the line when James took his language test this morning (two weeks early).
I can't even begin to describe how happy we are. I got the score I needed yesterday and James got the score he needed this morning.
And you know what? This is a fun little tidbit.
I have heard - I cannot verify, of course, but I have heard - from both my husband's classmates AND a few of his teachers - that James was the VERY FIRST ONE of his Chinese cohort (which is very large - something between 20 and 30 students) to get a 2/2.
**Score one for the DS folks!!**
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This is the part of the blog post where I wholeheartedly thank all of our Chinese instructors and the Chinese Department management.
Oh. My. Goodness.
To say that the teachers care is an understatement. Yes, learning Chinese is SO hard... the length of the course is SO discouraging sometimes... the goal often seems SO impossible... but all of our teachers have hearts of gold and want more than anything to see us succeed.
You guys should have seen it today.
After James left the testing center and came back to the Chinese corridors, he was/we were surrounded by his teachers and my teachers all hugging us and all being so thrilled for us. And I cried and James even got misty-eyed and the teachers were all so happy and proud. It was such a wonderful time.
So thank you, Chinese teachers. Thank you, Chinese Department. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
And thank you, everyone, for your encouragement and your prayers.
WE DID IT!!!