• 11May

    This last Friday, while at the migrant school (where we previously built a library), I heard the story of one of the kids there.  Wei Yao Qin (is her name), img_3649always has a great smile on her face, loves to read and is a great helper.  At first I thought that she would just stay after “after school library time” to help because she wanted to help us out… but Friday I found out that it’s not only because she wants to give us a hand but because she’s currently living at the school.  Yao Qin’s parents are currently working outside of the city on a construction site and are unable to have her live with them.  So, one of the teacher’s at the school is nice enough to help take care of Yao Qin and let her stay with her at the school (the teachers often live at the school at least during the week, if not for most of the school year).  After school is out Yao Qin is basically left all alone in the school with no one to talk to or play with.  I was also told that they don’t have a tv or a computer for her to use.  That night and Saturday I couldn’t help but think about how hard it must be to be 10 years old and not have your parents or grandparents or other family members around supporting you.

    On Saturday I decided to go to the bookstore and see if I could find some fun books to read and maybe some type of activity book with things like word searches or something… I ended finding some books that had an assortment of short stories and “princess” stories.  I bought 4 of them in the series.  Apparently one has moral based stories, one is more the “princess” type stories and I don’t remember what the other two were.  I also thought that my little friend could use her own little friend.  So I looked around a few shops until I found a cute little alligator stuffed animal.  (Here she is with it… we named her Faith).img_3707

    Since I knew that weekends were probably the loneliest for her, Sunday after church Xiao Lu and I went to the school after church.  We had a great afternoon together.  We started out by going to the market… buying some fruit and ice cream.  We went back to the school ate our ice cream and fruit, talked a bit then headed to the “park”.  (Here is Yao Qin and the principal’s daughter at the park… see more notes about the “park” at the bottom).img_3702After we were exhausted from the heat of the sun we went back to the school and read a little bit before it was time for us to go home.  It was a great day for all of us and it was fun to be able to play with her longer than the hour plus that we usually get to see her.

    So there are these kinds of “parks” all over Kunming.  At first glance you might think it’s just a regular park with jungle gym stuff… but really these parks are made for the older folks not the kids.  These parks are really outdoor gyms!!  The girls in the picture above are playing on what simulates an elliptical machine… they have something that simulates a leg press, a treadmill, and even a lat bar machine.  They have a bunch of other stuff there too!  It’s kinda cool… a free gym.  In the evenings and the mornings these “parks” are filled with older folks going out for their exercise.  Fun stuff!

    Everything has been going well for me.  I haven’t had a chance to go replace my bike yet, but the plan is to do it this week.  I was able to get some of my digital pictures printed and right now they’re at the frame store… it’s supposed to be ready on Friday!  I can’t wait to have things on my walls!

    A big Happy Mother’s Day goes out to all my Mom readers!  (especially my mom!)

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