China becomes our friend. A country always far, far away and not much in our sights has, because of sweet Yessi's influence, become more and more familiar. A few years ago I engulfed myself in Cultural Revolution readings, but that's not the China of today and not the China I'm experiencing vicariously through Brad and Yessi's relationship. I suddenly feel like my world has expanded in a million new ways as our lives expand to include thoughts of traveling to China, walking the Great Wall of China, enjoying meals at Yessi's family home in Xiamen, experiencing the coffee at Pacific Coffee of Mukilteo Coffee fame) in Hong Kong, and so much more.
The holidays have brought us visitors from China making our immersion in the Chinese culture deeper and sweeter. Yessi's mom, Tan Hong, and aunt, Rosie, arrived a few days ago for a two week stay. They will be at our home the first week of their stay before going to Seattle for another week. On these first couple of days everyone has been tentative except for smiling, smiling, smiling! Yessi is trying to keep us all connected but with six people in the room, and only one bilingual person, she's pretty busy.
|Our first evening together (left to right: Tan Hong, Brad, Ed, Fran & Rosie)|
Photo by Yessi
We're honored to have guests for the holidays and very pleased to get to know Yessi's family.
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."