Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We have a new temporary addition to our family. Meng is an exchange student from Beijing. She will stay with us for two weeks. In the mean time we get to feel how it is to have one more child. This is her second full day in our place and already she is getting comfortable. She is only a year older than Shannon and maybe the same height as Brahms. As a result they get along well together. She gets to eat breakfast with Miriam every morning since they have similar schedule.
Meng speaks English. She is experiencing a problem that I am familiar with. She learned English with a Chinese accent. Now the words that she learned there are now being spoken here in a different accent. Now everything sounds unfamiliar. This was the very problem I had when I was in England for the first time. (Yet, I would be lying if I say that this is no longer my problem.) It takes a while before the sounds she hears make sense.
Yesterday she presented a lot of gifts for us. All of them were thoughtfully selected. We were very touched. One of them is a banner that is now hanging on three sides of our front door. At first glance, our entry way appears to have been painted bright red.
Today she went to watch the Kings play at the Arco Arena. Chinese are really fond of basketball just like the Filipinos.
Posted by Helen Lewis at 10:21 PM