Well I guess ya’ll heard there is a typhoon in China this week. I haven’t gotten the worst of it, since I’m pretty far from the coast. It has been raining for the past two days though. Yesterday was the worst. It was raining just enough to make it feel like a tropical rainforest and was 110% humidity. It was so bad that when I walked to class I couldn’t tell if the moisture on my face was raindrops or sweat. I think it was sweat.
Today things have cooled down quite a bit and it actually feels like fall for the first time since I arrived last month. I turned off the AC and just opened the windows to get some fresh air and the sound of rain rustling in the trees. I’m trying to get organized for my school work since today is my day off. I’ve got to get all my grades recorded and such and I’m teaching this afternoon at a nearby campus for my friend Katie who is on bed rest. She somehow managed to crack two of her vertebra about a month ago when she climbed a mountain. Funny enough she made it all the way back to the base before she fell. Anyhow, keep her in your thoughts as she recovers please.
In Class This Week –
My students are studying American weddings this week which has been a ton of fun. I had them do a journal entry entitled “What is Love?” Their answers were so poetic especially the boys (which made the girls swoon). I had them re-enact a wedding, complete with a preacher, flower girl, ring bearer, etc. The bride and her dad walked down the aisle and the ceremony went on from there. I made rings out of gold paper clips and the maid of honor dressed the bride in a tolit paper wedding gown. The flower girl even threw tolit paper flower petals down the aisle (and yes, the kids were very good at picking up all the pieces after class).
They also got to watch movie clips from some of my favorite american wedding movies: Made of Honor, My Best Friend’s Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The New Girl and Twilight. I wanted so badly to put in the Princess Bride but I knew they wouldn’t get it. The Chinese don’t get American humor.