Monday, April 6, 2009
After our lunch and walk in the park, we went to a little shop near the White Swan, Susan's Place. There, Jingju had lots of fun playing with the toys and looking at everything on the shelves. The owner's husband is from the same area that Jingju comes from, near Beihai City. Our guides have told me that Jingju doesn't always understand their dialect, and so she often answers with "yes," "no," or "I don't know." This man spoke her dialect, and for the first time, I heard my daughter having a real conversation. She and this man sat down and had tea together. He showed her how he steeps the leaves and washes the cups. It was wonderful to hear Jingju's voice and watch her interact with him. I plan to take her back tomorrow for tea again so they can talk some more.
Posted by Liska at 7:09 AM