Mary wanted me to go out and play on the kindergarten playground after lunch. Another confession...I hesitated because I thought of some more debts to see to, but decided to take the time. I'm so glad I didn't miss out on this sweet moment and cute conversation between Mary and her friends. I sat down next to Victoria and asked her if I could take a picture of her ice cream...only in China...ice cream that bends. The girls said it's not ice cream it's green tongue. "That's disgusting," I said. "Why would you eat green tongue?" "Your kidding me...what's it really called?" One by one they all concurred with green tongue. Little Emma Bagwell even told me in Chinese...lu si shetou. Finally the chinese TA agreed. Green tongue. Disturbing.
After lunch I was up to Bethany's class for the goodbye party.
All these girls were leaving Beijing this year so they got t-shirts and these blue ISB dragons to have signed and take home. I saw one of the siblings battling Bethany's dragon with a well-travelled stuffed celery that my sister, Anne, gave me as a teenager. Somethings you can't part with.
Thursday I went with some of the other moms from Mary's kindergarten class out for Korean barbecue. The barbecue isn't pictured but this elaborate candelabra reception was brought on when one of the moms claimed it was her birthday, hoping to get a free lunch. I was okay with the kim chi this time and enjoyed the stuffed mushroom too. The barbecued meat wrapped in fresh lettuce was wonderful!