In the summer of 1978 a Foreign Exchange Student from Costa Rica came to live with my parents. My other baby brother Jody and my sister Julie were still at home. Jody was a Senior that year. My baby brother Carey was a newlywed and lived in Oklahoma or maybe Colorado by then.
My parents had a welcoming party for him down in the Recreation room at the resort on Straight Lake. In this photo I see a friend of my brother in the background..Tom L. I think and a couple of my cousins. That is long time area resident and friend Grant looking at the cake.
Luis spoke mostly Spanish and his English was limited, but he got better as the year wore on. He had never seen snow before…rest assure he got to see lots of it while he was here. It was interesting and he was a great kid. Our daughters Trica and Jennifer adored him.
Julie, Me, Luis, I am holding Jennifer and Trica is in front of Julie.
This is the day he left Minnesota, we were waiting to send him off on a bus to tour some of the United States before heading home. He sent me this photo on the back it says “Do you remember this day? My last day in Minnesota.”
Trica and Jennifer were quite upset, they didn’t know why he had to leave. Hard to explain to young children that someone they have grown to love over a year has to head back to his own home.
The kids in his graduating class took up a collection and bought him a plane ticket back for their 10th reunion in 1989. He borrowed Far Guys car to go to town. People at the gas station wouldn’t believe him when he said he didn’t know how to put gas in the car.
We have not heard from him in years. Have you ever hosted a foreign exchange student?