China Randomness…

Changsha is beautiful in the Spring, I am happy that we are here at this time of year! Everything is so green and there are flowers everywhere. This city is huge, though, with skyscrapers as far as you can see in any direction. Apparently we are the only adoptive family here this week… usually there are five or six families in a week, but in a city with five million people, that’s not much.
We attract a LOT of attention here, and in China, the personal space rules are very different. People get right up in our space and just stare. At dinner the other night, some one at the next table leaned over the husband’s shoulder to snap a picture of us with her phone.
Many people come up to little M and ask her questions or talk to her in Chinese. She just looks at them…
Yesterday an old man got in my space, and looked hard at me, then looked at little boy, and then asked me “white girl, did you make this child?” This is maybe the equivalent of the same kind of rude question we get asked at home…”Is this your REAL child?”

The rules are different in China, and when our driver is taking us somewhere, there are no carseats in the van, and no seat belts! Little M is enjoying the freedom of being able to pick her seat, and be next to a window, or choose who to sit by.
I often hear the husband muttering “oh, that is not safe.” Those of you who know the husband know that he is not safety conscious. That’s my realm. But when you see a baby propped up in front of a motorcycle? The husband is right, I think… Someone little M’s age would ride on the back, and hold on.

We loved the translations of restaurants and store names…

This was one of the husband’s favorites…it’s hello mart, but with an unfortunate placing of the “O”, haha!

Something that always sticks out to me about China is the smells. Some are good, and some are very bad, but all are very, very strong.


  1. Brad and Lauren Holmes on April 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Haha! Your last picture made me laugh too! 🙂 Thank you for taking us on this journey with you. Miss you all! Can't wait for you to come home.

  2. Musings from Kim K. on April 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Fabulous pictures. I'm smiling and remembering so many \”unsafe\” adventures.

  3. J Willis on April 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Oh wow – I can only imagine what it all must be like ;)Crazy how things we would gasp at and fear so much (like no seatbelts and kids on motorcycle) are just a normal thing thereBe safe!!!;)

  4. Debbie Sauer on April 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I didn't really enjoy Changsha. People on the streets looking at us made me nervous. However, the hotel and staff were wonderful. Hope he is starting to enjoy his new family. Blessings

  5. Paula on April 11, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Personal space? What's that? When I was in China in early 2012 being united with my daughter, ladies would scold me for allowing K to suck her fingers. They would then yank them out of her mouth and prop her up as she had a tendency to lean to one side when she was in the stroller, a highchair etc. This, in turn, would get her to start wailing in protest! You can imagine! Lovely pictures and lovely memories!

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