I really can’t even begin to tell you how much rice is consumed in China. I know that its a stereotype that we throw around in the states…but its for real. If you order spaghetti, they want rice with it. Today, the nurses were eating hot dogs chopped up in rice. Yesterday, I was eating ramen noodles for lunch and the nurses said ‘oh no! You don’t have any rice!’ and began to scoop it into my ramen. I was so thankful that Mikey took us to the pizza hut tonight. It was so nice to have a meal with no rice and conversation with several people who understand everything I say. I honestly may never go back to pei wei or any other asian type of restaurant. The only unfortunate thing about dining at a western place in china is that the salads aren’t really edible. I would kill for a diet coke and a salad. The salads here only have one choice of dressing. Its called ‘special dressing’. It doesn’t look special to me and I don’t want any parts of it.
Other than that, today was just a play day. I spent a lot of time with the kids. Its so nice that they are used to me being here now. I love it that they get excited when I walk into the room. (except one little girl on the first floor who is terrified of foreigners). Theo doesn’t cry when I leave now. I guess its b/c after 9 days, he assumes I’m going to keep coming back. He blows me kisses when I walk out the door and I think its the cutest thing ever. There are two little guys on the first floor that I’m absolutely in love with, lucas and lebron. They both have downs sydrome and are two of the sweetest kids I’ve ever known.
Basically, I love getting to play with children nonstop. This has been 2 of the most incredible weeks of my life so far.