A Series of Firsts

Earlier this week, Gustavo came to visit for the holidays this year. I’ve never much liked the winter holidays. I’m not one for “Christmas cheer” and I hate New Jersey winters with a passion. 

This year seems to be different. Last year was my first Christmas away from the States and there was so much that I missed. I feel like I lost an entire winter season. And you know what? I want it back!

I’m really happy that we were able to coordinate Gustavo visiting this year. In the future, our plan is to alternate between the US and Brazil, so we can spend the holiday season with my family and his equally. This is the first time we’re doing this in the US together, so it feels like a big deal to me. There’s a lot I want to share with Gustavo, but there’s a lot that I want to create for us as a family in the US.

Part of that process, of course, is getting Gustavo used to the winter. According to him, he’s experienced winter before, but I’m skeptical. Winters in Rio certainly don’t count, but neither does Orlando. So that means we’ve already had a few firsts just in the past week!

  • We saw ice on the roads for the first time.
  • We subsequently learned what the defrost in the car is for and why it takes so long.
  • We saw frost and explained why the grass looked shiny.
  • We saw a plow truck (!) and frozen snow.
  • Gustavo got his first pair of gloves, a winter hat, and a scarf.

He always laughs at me for teasing him, but it’s so funny to me. I know he’s experienced this on the other end when I try to figure things out in Brazil. In fact, I’m thinking of a very poor footwear decision when we walked along the beach, on the tar, in the middle of summer last year. He did, indeed, warn me.

He’s yet to experience snow falling. Both my mom and I have tasked him with cleaning off the cars the next time we get any snowfall, which will also be a first for him. I’m looking forward to it because there’s no amount of explaining I can do to make him understand why it’s so annoying.

We’ll also have our first Christmas dinner with my family. He’s not super into the idea, but I really want to bring at least one or two Brazilian dishes with us. The thing I love most about the US, and New Jersey especially, is that we have access to a huge Brazilian supermarket about 20 minutes from here. Even outside of Brazil, we can bring a little bit of Rio’s flavor with us to share. I’m so excited to do it, too!

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