Follow-up on Mrs. Lu’s Recent Dinner

             

Mrs. Lu and Huan-huan

           As mentioned in a previous blog, I met a wonderful retiree, Mrs. Lu, whose little Huan-huan brought us together along our Yangtze river road. The dog’s name, Huan-huan, means “welcome” in Chinese, which is certainly what he does whenever visitors arrive to his home.

              I’ve had dinner with Mrs. Lu twice now and last week brought me more information about her family and herself.

            While enjoying a meal of stir-fried broccoli, roasted chicken, egg-and-spinach soup, spicy rabbit, and taro-and-pork stew, Mrs. Lu told me her story.

Another great dinner,along with great conversation.

           Her father was from Thailand.  He came go Chongqing, a 2 ½ hours bus ride from Luzhou, looking for work.  There, he met her mother and they were married. Her parents brought the family to Luzhou when she was  3 years old.   She’s the youngest of 3 children with an older sister who still lives in Chongqing and an older brother who is here in Luzhou.  I had no idea how old she was until she thrust her Chinese ID card at me, which listed her having been born in 1939. 

            That surprised me.  She certainly didn’t look 73 but there it was.

            During my first visit, I brought several photographs of my family and also of myself to give to her.  This second visit, a Mary Kay hand care kit in a cloth pouch came in handy which my aunt gave me for Christmas. I’d been saving it for a special occasion and thought Mrs. Lu would enjoy it more than I.  And in return, she pulled out a necklace and bracelet set her daughter had given to her which she never wore.  Despite my protests, it was thrust upon me with such determination that I accepted it.  Now I have a nice memory of her every time I wear her gift.

A parting gift from Mrs. Lu

            I’m sure the more dinners I accept, the more we’ll be learning about one another.

            Ping An (Peace!)

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.
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