So, I don't know how many of you have been to a foreign country where the people are totally different from yourself and they just can't help but stare as you walk by, but let me tell ya -- it gets old. Really old.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
In our part of the lovely city of Kunming, there is probably one foreigner to every 1500 Chinese. So when we walk down the street, or sidewalk, every eye is pinned on us as if we had an arm coming out of our foreheads (or six arms, for that matter). We can't help but feel like we're on display to the whole world, kind of like a medical phenomenon on 20/20. Sometimes the people look us up and down as if we not only look different in the head/facial area, but in the legs and feet too. And if this isn't enough, add a baby to the mix.
It's kinda nice, actually. Everyone has taken their eyes off us, and Liam is now the "medical phenomenon." And instead of bewildered looks that say, "Wow..... what ARE those people?!" the looks are ones of happiness and amusement. I mean, come on, everyone likes babies to some extent.
Sometimes, the old grandmas look at us like we're possibly THE worst parents in the world. Why, you may ask? Well, because we don't dress our child for Arctic weather when it's summertime! It's been 80-85 degrees every day, and Liam inherited Drew's genes for being perpetually hot all the time. So we dress him in simple onesies most of the time. Compare this with the Chinese babies: they have probably 20 different layers on, consisting of socks, 2 pairs of pants, 10 shirts, and a hat. I'm surprised they don't keel over and die of heat stroke by the dozens. But -- that's China. That's how the Chinese dress from birth to old age, and it's because of their fear of getting cold.
What's the big deal about being cold? Well.....
If you get cold, you could get sick, and if you get sick, you could die. So, there you go: dress warm or die!
It's an interesting place we live, that's for sure...