We have really seen Brandon’s dramatic personality come out over the last month. I have read and heard that Russians and Ukrainians are very passionate people and are very expressive with their language and waving their arms to get their point across. Brandon definitely meets this stereotype. We call Brandon our little drama queen. Here are a few examples of conversations so you can see what I mean.
While at Olive Garden he popped a jalapeño pepper in his mouth. His face turned red. He started sweating as he drank several cups of ice tea. He said, “Oh my goodness. I am on fire. Ouch. This is hurting me.” Huffing and puffing and red faced and hand gestures and pacing right in the middle of the restaurant. We were all, of course, laughing because we warned him the pepper was hot and he said puffing his manly chest out, “This is not hot. I eat this in Ukraine all of the time.” Apparently he did not remember how hot they were or they are not as hot in Ukraine. He still talks about how he was on fire.
One last story. Today we went out to eat and he had his favorite food: shrimp, a salad, garlic/butter pasta, bread and 6 cups of iced tea. We got in the car and he says, “Oh my goodness. I am so full. I am going to die. My head and my stomach hurt and I eat too much shrimps. Maybe, yes, I will throw up or maybe, no, I will tootie (the word his uses for passing gas).” (I start laughing). “Mama?? Why you laughing at me? I really will die. I am so full and all of this food is making me hurt bad. I really need a bathroom. Ohhh, this food is going to kill me. I eat too much. You laugh, but I am die. You see? I am die.”
Anyway, as you can see, Brandon is so much fun. He causes me to laugh constantly. It is a lot of fun to watch Tim and Brandon constantly picking at each other until the point where they are eventually rolling around on the floor together. Our girls never (used to) behave this way. It is so new to me, but I enjoy it so much. I am so thankful for the last 6 months and the calling in our lives to raise Brandon!