1. Calligraphy is not as easy as it looks. Yeah, I assumed that it would be like Sagwa the cat easy. It ain't so! Especially for a girl that strives for perfection but lacks patience.
|This was not my first attempt, but it was FAR from perfect.|
|I think of all of my papers, THIS IS MY FAVORITE! Looks much, much better. At least to me ...|
2. Chinese children songs can be extremely depressing. For example,
This one is about an ugly doll that can't do anything and doesn't have a mother or father. Fortunately for the doll, I will love it and be both it's mother and father! (Apparently . . .)
Two tigers ... one without an ear, and one without a tail. How strange! (Those are actually the basic lyrics of the song. Whodathunk!?)
But these songs are actually helping me to notice subtle voice changes and different, basic Chinese words. I hope that when Minsy actually comes, I will be able to sing and communicate little things with her ... Even if those little things are only numbers.
3. There is a reason Asians are smart. I mean ... the writing ... as a child. Holy COW!!
4. My new life goal is to live among the people of China for a year teaching English before I go to college. I will then start up an orphanage and make a little bit of money helping people to get through the adoption process smoothly. (Or so speculated my father and I as we sat at lunch in a crowded Wendy's).
Obviously, getting Minsy home is starting to occupy every single person in the Blau household. I catch Savannah humming the tune to "Ni Wa Wa" and Hyrum seems to talk an awful lot about pandas ... Here's to praying for a speedy TA (travel approval)!