I arrived at Kurtz family's house on
August 2, 1998. I still remember that it
was the rainy day and what Bob, my
American father said to me, "You brought
the rain to Elkton!"
the Kurtz Family
Oishi from Japan
Oishi, a Japanese high school student, spent a year
as an exchange student in the home of Robert and
Alice Kurtz in Elkton, South Dakota.
I was in constant anxiety as a result of being the
exchange student from Japan before going to the
U.S. I didn't have self-confidence to be an
exchange student. I was afraid of everything about
Elkton before going there.
arrived at Kurtz family's house on August 2, 1998.
I still remember that it was the rainy day and what
Bob, my American father said to me, "You brought
the rain to Elkton!" He said that rain didn't fall
so much before I came to Elkton.
sure that it was so hard for Kurtz family to host a
boy because there are six people in Kurtz family:
my host parents and four sistersKim, Karen,
Mary and Wendy.
my American mother, showed me every room in our
house. Each room shows their character. Karen and
Wendy's room is a mess, while Mary's room keeps
from the Kurtz family
The four Kurtz sisters and a
Wendy, Mary, Karen, Kim and her husband
made my room be in a mess. I remember that Mary
told me to clean my room quite often.
First Experiences at Elkton School
letter was originally published in the August 19,
1999 issue of the Elkton Record (Elkton, South
Dakota) by the editor, Mary Ann
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