Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Day Six ...Hong Kong Feet!!
Six days in high heat and high humidity + someone (me) who does not like to wear socks with his sneakers and also likes to wear sandals = one thing...smelly feet...very smelly feet...downright rancid smelling feet. Being the problem solver that I am, I approached our guide, Elvin, and asked him to steer me towards some foot powder or some of the good doctor (Dr. Scholl) to help me with a little problem I had. The language barrier was too much for him, so I motioned to my feet and grabbed my nose. Before reading on, remember, Elvin combines an Australian accent with his native Chinese accent, so he sounds like a cross between Crocodile Dundee and Mr. Miagee (the Karate Kid guy). Elvin said the following: (please read out loud using said accent)hawwwwwwwww, Eric san, you hava the Hong...A...Kong feeta. smella like a ba ba. Hehehehehehehe. So, the moral of the story is that smelly feet in Guongzhou are referred to as Hong Kong feet. And I got some serious Hong Kong Feet going on!!! (Does that mean Robin's bad breath the other day can be classified as Hong Kong breath?? hmmmmmm) Anyway, when I asked Elvin if he knew of any ancient Chinese remedies to cure my stanky dawgs, he again gave me that blank stare. So any suggestions from the blog audience would be appreciated, especially by AJ and Robin!! Now on to bath night! Each night AJ has been getting better in the bath tub, and tonight she was pure joy. Very playful, very jovial, so damn adorable!!!! The heart again melted as I watched Robin wash her hair! Now, I am guessing the first few bath nights did not go so well because I kept trying to get this black spot off of the top of her tail bone. I scrubbed like a maniac, and the thing would not come off. I was too freaked out to alarm Robin with my findings, and until I ascertained the call of the alarm, I knew that Robin would not discover it on her own (the girl is blind...seriously, she cannot see) Well, it turns out the black spot is called the "Mongolian Spot" and is common for Asian children. It goes away as the child gets older. Apparently Elvin told us this when we first got AJ, but I guess I was too busy eating her cupcake (I actually ate 3/4 of the thing..not half as previously mentioned :) ) and existing in my own little cupcake zone. I told Robin this story today and she forced me to blog it, much to my dismay. We also learned that we have been calling AJ by the wrong nickname. We thought the orphanage director called her Kitty Kitty. Again, something got lost in the translation, because her nickname in the orphanage was Mao Mao, which means smart and beautiful. Soooo, as soon as we let out the first Mao Mao, she looked right at us, and has continued to do so. Now picture Robin and I the last three days, in the hotel, restaurants, basically everywhere we went saying Kitty, Kitty...her Kitty Kitty, and the girl does not even look at us. You thing the people here may think we are just a tad bit strange??? Speaking of the meaning of Mao Mao (beautiful), we went shopping for some traditional Chinese silk dresses for her today. Insert Heart melting..again. Seriously, the girl completely has me feeling things I have never felt. Unbelievable. As for little Mao Mao's hair, even though she does not have much, Robin has found a way to get a barret(sp?) in it every day (thank you Carrie Hamilton). As each day goes by, Addison continues to be more and more smitten with Robin and has also been warming up to me. I gave her her first Cheerio today and she loved it...so she ate about fifty more!) She has been smiling, giggling, and doing lots of pointing. She is also quite smart (the other half of Mao Mao) and she proves it by putting a set of hollow blocks, each one a little smaller than the other, together with ease. My school psych training tells me is gifted...hello academic scholarship!!!! Tomorrow we plan on incorporating some new fruits in her diet...I think the bananas have been clogging her up!!! Ok, I must go pay some attention to Mao Mao...and wash my stanky ass honk kong feet! Until tomorrow, when we attempt to tackle the swimming pool!!!!!