Another somewhat tiring but mellow day down. We spent the morning at a local-ish garden/playground/museum on the outskirts of Guangzhou. This was supposed to be a quiet, touristy excursion, except that, by my estimate, at least half of China's schoolchildren were also in attendance. They were adorable in their matching uniforms, and very, very interested in us. I had the following conversation one or two hundred times this morning:
Child: Hello. Nice to meet you.
Me: Nice to meet you, too.
Child: What is your name?
Me: Molly. What is your name?
Child: (insert name)
Child: Have a great day!
Next Child: Hello. Nice to meet you.
And on, and on, and on. I taught English in China a while back, and remember how important it was to practice skills on actual English-speakers, so it was fine and funny. L, of course, had to get in on the action by calling "Hulooooooooow!!" to everyone, and the schoolkids responded appropriately and kindly to him. So that was especially nice.
We got back in the afternoon, had a late nap, a quick dip in the pool, and an early Cantonese dinner (YUM!!).
Tomorrow is the day we've been waiting for: our appointment at the Consulate. This is where we take an oath to take care of L and finish paperwork. His Chinese passport with a visa to enter the US should be available Thursday, and then we will wing out way back home.
So, so close.
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