The new year has already brought change for us. Just yesterday we welcomed into our home a young (eleven year old) student from Korea. He will be staying with us for two months and maybe longer. His transition is going well and he gets along well with Monkey. I’ve quickly discovered, however, that he is scared of the furnace beside his room. He insists that I leave the light in the furnace room on the whole night. I don’t think he’s ever seen a furnace before because he grew up in an apartment. I hope that as he becomes more comfortable in our home he’ll come to realize that the old rattling rumbling furnace won’t get up in the middle of the night and eat him.