Sunday, November 28, 2010

In America

Whenever I come back to America, I
  • don't have to look at the air pollution index before venturing outside
  • enjoy unfettered internet access
  • don't worry about being knocked down at a pedestrian crossing when I have right of way
  • wander the aisles of the supermarkets in wide-eyed wonder
  • say hi, how are you to virtual strangers
It's wonderful.

Friday, November 26, 2010


On this day of thanks, I am thankful for

the love & support of my family, both nuclear & extended
the chance to explore & experience this world way beyond what I have ever imagined being able to do so
my two darling boys who have grown into strong dependable young men

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Separation (again)

Much as I am happy that Z. has transitioned well, it doesn't make separating any easier.

We will see him in three weeks when he comes back to Beijing for his winter break. But saying farewell still tugs at my heart.

I suspect that the separation process will never be absolutely painless, no matter how old my children are.

Monday, November 22, 2010


It has been wonderful for A. & I to see Z. again. He looks well, enjoying college life, having made some good friends to hang out with & to study with.

He has transitioned well, my teddy-bear-son.

I am content.

Now for Round 2 with W.....

Thursday, November 18, 2010


It's been 3 and a half months since I left Z. halfway across the world to attend college. This is the longest we've ever been apart since he was born. I have to say, though, that the separation DOES get easier. I suppose it's the natural progression of life after all, the young separating from their parental units.

I see him again this weekend when I travel with A. to the US of A. I can't wait, thrilled at the prospect of being able to see him, hug him, talk to him face to face (as opposed to via Facetime), see his dorm room, meet his room mate, his friends, see whom he hangs out with, where he has his meals - basically stuff that moms are concerned about.

In the words of Borat, I am so excite!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Impressions from China - winter

You know Winter is approaching when
  • you feel the frigid, chilled-to-the-bone cold when you go outside
  • you smell the distinctive odor of charcoal smoke (in the area where we live, charcoal is the main source of heat)
  • you are reluctant to leave the warm & steamy shower stall after your shower
  • your skin starts to dry up, looks like fish scales, and feels like sandpaper
  • riding your bike to school no longer seems very appealing

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Maternal Pride

Tonight, I watched as my younger son, W., give an absolutely fantastic performance on the timpani in "Carmina Burana". At the post-concert reception, many parents congratulated & praised his work; his band teacher walked up to me, extended his hand to shake mine, and said what a great job W. had done, not just in his performance, but also in his leadership skills as section leader in class.

Nothing warms a mother's heart more than to hear such kind words & unwavering praise of one's offspring.