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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our New Chinese Friend

Betty, our Grace and one of Grace's best friends, Sarah.

In January we hosted a Chinese exchange student for two weeks. 
She asked that we call her "Betty" even though I thought her legal name was
so beautiful. All of the students chose what they considered
an "American" name to use while they were here.
She was such a sweet girl and we enjoyed our time with her.

Here is Betty with 2 of her fellow classmates from China.

The classmates from China, Grace and other host family
friends enjoyed shopping in Cincinnati.

Betty and her best friend Nina enjoyed a delicious dinner at
a local Maggiano's

Betty was so shy at first but opened up a little more each day.
We learned so much from her, and she, from us. She discovered bowling,
American hamburgers and hot dogs, Mexican food, 
The Middle and Modern Family on television, going to the movies (to see "Frozen"),
 American pop music, playing Monopoly (she was so good at it!), the AF Museum, 
baseball (tours of the minor and major league teams in the area) and taking pictures
 with the camera we gave her as a gift. Her school group toured universities in 
Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati, the local Art Institute and several local historical sites.

She helped us discover Chinese Pop music, helped Grace reconnect with
her first language and culture, brought us sweet gifts and taught us so much about
China that we didn't know.  

We were all sad when the visit came to an end but we are able to stay in touch via email.

It was such a great experience that we are planning to host a longer term exchange student
 in the next year or so.

If you have the chance to do this, I encourage it! 

Stay warm!
Susie Q


Sandi McBride said...

Have you heard from Betty since she got home Sue? I know you loved that experience!

sweetvintageofmine said...

Evening Sue, I think it's wonderful that you care so much to host an exchange student. I always found that so interesting and wondered what it's like...for the exchange student and the hostess!! Grace seemed to like it alot!! Sue, even though I haven't met you in person (but will soon!) you seem to be one of the most giving, always smiling and a joy to be around person!! Bless your heart and your family...the world needs more people like you! Roxie

Debby said...

I know that you all enjoyed her visit. She picked a busy fun family to spend time with.Glad you can keep in touch.