The kids were on their way home the other evening when their phone battery ran out. They borrowed a kind lady’s phone to call me. An American family recently moved here and our kiddos were bringing their kids back across town with them. They need to call as we had to work out some details about where they were to take the new kids. After we finished I told the kids to give the 20yuan “emergency money” I had sent with them that morning to the lady who’s phone they borrowed, then hung up. (20yuan is about $3.) When they got home, Asher said, “The lady wouldn’t take the money. But we let her take lots of pictures with us.” I smiled.
Many people here love to take selfies with anything interesting. You’ll often see people stopping to take a selfie with beautiful flowers or a cool statue at the park. Our kids get asked to be in other people’s selfies all the time while we’re eating at a noodle shop or standing at the bus stop waiting for a bus. It’s cool to me to see the kids being comfortable enough living here to cooperate and feel normal. (I pretty much never feel normal here.)
P.S. I like this picture from the annual bike race this year.