Day 2 with our Chinese exchange students.
Last night I didn’t feel like cooking dinner. And what happens when I don’t feel like cooking dinner? Li’s Buffet! But you knew that.
At 5:00 I picked up the students from their class and told them we were heading out to eat. From my calculations I had had only 4 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period but they had had only 4 hours of sleep in a 36 hour period. Within seconds, John was sound asleep and Justin wasn’t far behind.
As their heads lolled around I regretted taking them out to eat. Maybe I should have taken them straight home, let them scarf down a meal, and sent them promptly to bed. Too late now. By the time I cooked a meal and we ate it, it would take just as long as eating at Li’s and driving home.
We got to Li’s Buffet and they stumbled out of the car. Once inside, Jin greeted them warmly in English and asked them about some sort of dialect. They stared for a beat and then Jin switched to something that wasn’t English and they had a nice chat. Jin stayed with us through most of our meal talking to them and listening to them. So did our server, but I don’t know her name. As it turns out, Justin and John are from a city called Fuzhou. Fuzhou? I’ve heard of that before. Oh that’s right! That’s where Jin is from. Well, of course. (Heavy sarcasm starts now.) By land size, America is the 3rd largest country in the world and China is the 4th largest country in the world. So obviously, if someone comes from China to America and eats at a restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Gettysburg they’re just bound to meet someone from back home.
And it only gets better. Are you ready?
Not only is the server from Fuzhou (and Jin is from Fuzhou, and Justin and John are from Fuzhou) but when the server lived in China, she lived in the very same apartment building that John lives in now.
Did you read that? I’ll say it again in case you weren’t paying attention:
The server lived in the very same apartment building as John!
Of course. Out of 1.3 billion people in China, next door neighbors are bound to bump into each other wherever they go. They’re in DC on a field trip right now and are probably falling all over their neighbors everywhere they go.
We left and drove past some battlefields. I explained about the Civil War. Justin commented, “For independence.” No…independence was with American and England. This was between America and America. “Oh. For power.” China has had about 50,000 civil wars for power, so Justin figured it out pretty quickly.
He was interested in the battlefields so I asked, “Do you want to stop and look?” He said, “Wait, let me get the word…” and looked up the word he wanted on his phone. The word was, “Yes and no.” Ummm… I looked in the rear view mirror and John was sound asleep again so I went with “no.”
As soon as we got home, John went upstairs and fell asleep again. Justin stayed up to play with Boy8 and his Nerf guns. Justin snuck upstairs to shoot John with the gun but John slept right through it.
Finally, we got Justin to relax for a few minutes on the hammock.
And that pretty much sums up day 2. I probably won’t write anything about day 3 (today) because they’re on their field trip right now from 9-9 and we will barely see them.
P.S. This morning they smeared as much butter on their pancakes as you smear peanut butter on a PB sandwich. I said, “No, too much!” and scraped it off, but they smeared it back on when I wasn’t looking.