The Dyers have also hosted Chinese scholars (when in Illinois), a Spanish student in summer, and this year will welcome a French student for three weeks while also hosting an 11-year-old Ukrainian boy for seven weeks.
“We just love the thought of meeting new youngsters and know that Nico gets a lot out of it, too,” said Dave. “He’s gotten along with all of them and always looks forward to the next one. We plan on continuing for years to come. It also helps keep us young.”
I’ve had the privilege of becoming part of their international world to some extent. Each summer, I get the fishing tackle ready, prepare the bait, fire up the grill, and on they come — the Dyers with Nico and the students they host each year.
My scrapbooks are laden with photos of them catching bass from my lake. I’ve watched Nico grow from a toddler to a well-groomed child who adores his surroundings and the love he receives at home. If there’s a panacea for our ills, the Dyers have found it.
Photographer and reporter Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.