China Team Journal

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hundreds of dumplings at Lily's house

This morning class was to be with the English club members. We were told it would be voluntary attendance and it would be a surprise as to who would come. Last Monday we had eight students. Today we had two students.

Thelma and Phyllis worked with them doing individual reading of some simple children’s books which we brought, in English, of course. This went on until about 10:15 a.m. Then after a break, the group shifted gears. From then until 11 a.m. the group worked with crafts and conversational English. Phyllis did paper folding or origami and ended up teaching knot tying for buttons on clothes. Thelma then led the group in making soda cap leis with the objective of conservation and keeping the landfill as empty as possible. The two girls embraced the idea of the ribbon soda cap leis with enthusiasm.

Shortly after 11 a.m. we left for Lily’s apartment via an auto ride in Jules’s car. There Lily, her mother, another staff person, and a student were making dumplings. Phyllis jumped in to help. They made literally hundreds for lunch. When they were cooked, we sat down to a lunch of dumplings, string beans, lotus roods, and noodles. There were two kinds of dumplings: vegetable and pork. The meal was very good, but for us the dipping sauce of vinegar, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce was a little rough on our “southern Chinese” palates. The dumplings tasted good without the sauce for us.

We spent the rest of time with them, chatting, singing, and sharing with them Mac Nut covered chocolate candy which we brought from home. We returned to the hotel via the school ar.

Entry submitted by: Dick

Message of the Day: As I was tucking my son in bed one night I said “Try, I love you! He replied “I do, too.” I teasingly said “No, you don’t?” He said “Yes, Mommy, I do.” “How do you know it’s love?” I asked. He responded “I’m not really sure what love is, but you make my heart smile!” I then realized, without a doubt, he understood love better than most adults.