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Candy’s List

I was reminded of this post by a “tweet” on gratitude from one of my favorite people @Chinkerfly and then I managed to recover this from Blogger News archive. It is one of my favorite posts:

Blessings in China

Some foreigners are astonished at, and puzzled by, the myriad things that some Chinese, especially older ones, have never experienced. I am in awe of the Chinese who brave new experiences and immerse themselves in change with child-like abandon. My P.A. Jia Li is such a person and so is Ms Yue who recently rode on an airplane for only the second time in her life and kept her nose pressed to the window the entire time…

I remember going with her and another teacher three years ago to see King Kong in a big screen movie house. I learned later that it was her first time, at age 45, to see a film indoors. In her neighborhood, and many still, the whole community brings out chairs and a van plays the flicks against a canvas hung between poles or or on an apartment wall. She was mesmerized and would not take her eyes off the screen even to ask her most pressing question: “Is this real?”

Then there is Candy, a native Macanese working at the Venetian, who went on vacation to Canada and America for the first time. She was 24 Years old and had lived most of her life in Macau. I had wrongly assumed her to be more “westernized” and hence, was entranced by the diary she kept of first-time activities, foods and the places that particularly thrilled her on her journey.

Years ago there was a book entitled The One Minute Meditator” that gave you hints on how to celebrate and relax into events that we have become deadened to in our daily privileged routines. I have a renewed sense of life and good fortune courtesy of Jia Li, the fearless Ms Yue and Xiao Candy. Here are excerpts of “firsts” from her travel diary:

Foods:

Maple Syrup
Casserole
Root Beer
S’mores
Subway Sandwiches
Tap Water
Bratwurst

Things and Places:

An American Wedding
Sledding
A Snowball Fight
A Road Trip
Walking on a Frozen Lake
Taking a Sauna in a House
A Gas Station
Crazy Cars
Big Dogs
A Country Cabin
A Glow in the Dark Frisbee
A Big Sky
Ice Hockey
Carrying Wood for a Fireplace
Playing Old Maid
Seeing an Owl

Life is good, isn’t it?

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Candy’s List”

  1. Suzie Cheelon Apr 5th 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Lonnie, wow makes me realize how much one takes for granted. I love the image.

    Must be like being a child and seeing something for the first time and the feeling as one discovers something new.

    I also remember the first time I went to USA, how much there was of everything and the choices were amazing

  2. Chinamatton Apr 7th 2009 at 10:25 am

    I love taking my wife out for new experiences. She takes most of them in stride (mainly because most of them involve food). She seems to be having a great time staying in the states.

  3. Jiangping Yanon Apr 13th 2009 at 5:09 am

    Good to know that you are having good time…

    I start wondering how my first “airplane” will be …..haha…

  4. Charon Apr 13th 2009 at 7:39 am

    I love this a lot professor!!!
    It reminds me of my own wonderfully thrilling first times! However, I’ve tried NONE of the items on Candy’s list… which means they are going to be my first time too!

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