My wonderful 10-year old nephew wrote to me on my birthday and he had some very good questions and observations. I wrote him a personal reply but thought I would address some of the things he mentioned. It’s always interesting to get the perspective of a child. God bless them for their honesty! I love and miss you R 🙂
How is China? China is overwhelming, different, hot, fascinating, far from family, colorful, busy, over the top, HUGE, ancient, modern, and I am loving every minute of it. The language is hard to learn. I’m saying the right words, just not with one of the 4 correct tones and it makes all the difference. Gotta learn the tones. Nothing makes me happier than when I say something in Mandarin to Ben and gives me a big grin and “Hen hao or hao de.” Translation – Very good or good one. The people in Guangzhou could not be friendlier. I just wish I could give them hugs!
Is it hard not eating meat? We have not become vegetarians. We just don’t eat as much meat. We could never be vegetarians because we love juicy burgers. Surprisingly enough, they are easy to come by in GZ. The one thing we really craved while living in Switzerland was a good burger or steak. That’s no problem here. But we certainly don’t eat meat very often and I don’t miss it. It’s healthier and I think it has contributed to us losing weight. Our intestinal systems like it better too I believe 😉
My dad thinks people in China eat dog. Is that true? I’ll be honest and tell you that I told him that I didn’t think so. I know Chinese have a reputation of eating anything but I thought that was in the past. I wrote that answer to him yesterday morning and when I picked up my China Daily paper in my mailbox in the afternoon one of the leading stories was how a rescue agency paid 13,000 USD to save 800 dogs that were on their way to restaurants in southern China!!! Ugh! There was also a rescue of 520 dogs in April so it’s not a fluke. I guess they do eat dogs. What can I say? I’m sure that if the Chinese came to America and saw what we ate and the quantity they would be repulsed. What I’m curious about is does it say “dog” on the menu? I need to talk to Ben about this situation, I’ll get back to you.
You’re like a show star getting driven everywhere. Yep and I feel rather lazy. But I like that I can wear shoes that hurt my feet. I’m not walking far enough to get any blisters! Fortunately, I run. If I didn’t run and walk the 6 flights of stairs my muscles would atrophy. One of the things I thought I would miss the most was driving and I didn’t think I would like having a driver (although I really, really miss my car). I thought I would be giving up my freedom and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to add/cancel/change plans. For example: sometimes you decide you’re going to make pumpkin cookies and don’t have raisins so you need to run to the store. I didn’t think I’d be comfortable calling a driver to have him make my pumpkin cookie dream come true. Well, it can. This didn’t actually happen. Well, it did. I just didn’t call Ben to take me to Metro to get raisins. But I could have and he would have gladly taken me. So it yes it does feel like I’m a show star.
Did I know that A (my 5-year old niece) got glasses? No I didn’t and I can’t wait to see how adorable she looks in person!
Thanks to R for supplying me with today’s post subject!