It’s me, Cal. I’m really happy about Thadius coming home. It is really great that everyone is helping bring him home. Thadius will feel really happy about people helping him.
This summer I have been doing homeschool, and playing outside a lot, and not wearing socks. I am turning 7 in eleven more days. I’ve been counting the days ever since July 9th.
Mom is attached to the computer doing work to bring Thadius home, except at lunchtime and homeschool. Mom and Dad have been watching TV shows about kids who were adopted, I think. We kids had to do work to bring Thadius home, too. We all had to get shots.
Getting shots is like getting your blood drawn. To me it is. JR wanted to get a shot so I don’t think it hurts much to him. We needed to make sure we didn’t have the TB disease or else it would spread to the family and Thadius could have it. (JR just asks: “Who’s TB?” Cal: “It’s a disease.”)
I think it was a sacrament. (Jaime: “Are you thinking of sacrifice?” Cal: “That’s what I meant,”) It’s when you give up something for other people.
For the TB test they put a little needle in my arm, but it felt like a big one. It was over by the count of three. I felt bad. Horrible actually. I can’t remember if I cried. (Jaime’s note: none of the kids did!)
Even though I hated it, I’m glad it was a sacrifice for Thadius. It shows that I care for him. JR, Lumpy, Hoss, Mom, and Dad also got it. And so will Thadius. I think it will hurt a little bit for him, too.
But, it’s worth it. It’s going to help bring him home. It’s only his family who can do TB tests to bring him home. This is for Thadius.
Jaime’s note: These are all actual words spoken by Cal. I interview her and type it up as she says it. If she gives me a two word answer, I ask her to say it as a full sentence. Seriously, if you don’t have a 6, almost 7 year old yet, you should try to get one. Try here: http://www.reecesrainbow.com