Our family actually traveled south to be at a medical conference that Papa has been involved in planning for the past year, but there was a decent amount of free time if you weren’t attending the pre-conference (I wasn’t)!
We had a fabulous time with about 70-80 foreign and a few local docs and nurses working all around China in various settings, whether NGO, local hospital or clinic staff, community health, resident training, and other types of charitable projects.
It was great to network with so many old and new friends, and the kids also spent time with other kids who came along for the warm weather and tropical surroundings.
It was also indescribably nice to let the kids dress in shorts and a T shirt with $1.50 pseudoCrocs, sans long underwear, coats, hats, gloves, thick socks, ad nauseum.
In short, we had a lovely peaceful week in China, with only the typical entourage following our family of fair-haired children’s every activity.
I think the most fascinating part of this whole phenomenon is how our kids have learned to completely ignore the cameras focused on them from every angle.
Yes, this is a beach full of warmly clad folks (it was about 70 degrees that day and windy) all focusing their attention on the foreigners who dare let their kids cavort in the surf.
If I tilt my camera just so and zoom in really close, I can pretend we’re all alone.