Andrușica is L and E’s grandson who lives in a neighboring village with his parents, but he comes to stay with his grandparents each weekend. June 6 was his birthday, and because we could not be here, we gave him his gifts early. We gave him his gifts one at a time so he would play with each of them, so we started out on Friday night by giving him a beach ball and eating ice cream. He loved it, and it wore him out. Saturday morning the first thing he said to me was, “Good morning, Susie. Did you say you had another gift for me?” E immediately told him it was not polite to ask for gifts, so he felt embarrassed, and didn’t ask for at least another hour. The second gift was a bubble gun. He loved that one too, as did all the neighbor kids.

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