Last week the girls and I had a lovely afternoon drinking bubble tea, eating Maddie’s newly opened pretzels (thanks to Meemaw:), and playing wii! While Jessie and Michael went out to get the bubble tea Maddie and I secretly made kiss pretzels to surprise Jessie. When she returned we all had fun playing mario party on our wii. I thank God for restful afternoons such as these when I am able to spend time with my wonderful sisters.
The people in China are very different from what I imagined them to be. First off they are very nice. I think that you would also be surprised at how they are towards foreigners and normal Chinese people. Second they are very different in their culture. They do things I would never think a normal people would do (mostly men). One thing the men do is (in the middle of any season or weather), they sit out and play Chinese chess (or watch in a big group), also in the summer they always walk around with their shirt rolled way up to their chest, and the last thing they do is spit. They don’t care what people think they just spit. I see it at LEAST once a day. Although the Chinese people are very different from American culture they are sweet to everyone they see.
The girls and me at our favorite Bubble Tea Shop.
Our for a walk last summer
Kids playing with the new water pipes that were being installed last summer.
“My name is Raja, Iwas born in Prague, I am a Jew, and I survived Terezin”…I admit this is a little late in being posted, but I never wrote about the fall play that our school preformed. Obviously from the title, you can guess that our play was called “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”. The main plot surrounded a young girl named Raja who was about my age. The story went back and forth between the “old” Raja and the “young” Raja. The elderly Raja narrated the story and there were flashbacks showing her time in a Jewish Ghetto during World War II. Mrs. Geswein, our director, cast me as Raja both old and young. Throughout the many days of practicing I started to become my character, feeling the pain and suffering that she experienced when each one of her friends and family members perished. I cannot say that the play itself was very uplifting, but I discovered and experienced (in a small way) a lot of the feelings that Jews and other prisoners felt in the camps. One of the reasons that I really enjoyed the play was that about half of the performance was shot in the “ghetto school room” (located in the childrens barracks) as each one of us sat in the small area we recited poems that were written by real children survivors. The title of the play was taken from a poem that I recited,”I never saw another butterfly,so richly, brightly, dazzling yellow.Perhaps if the sun’s tears sing against a white stone.Such, such a yellow is carried lightly way up high,it went away I’m sure because it wishedto kiss the world goodbye.For seven weeks I’ve lived in herepenned up inside this ghetto.But I have found my people here.The dandelions call to meand the white chestnut candles in the court.Only, I never saw another butterfly.That butterfly was the last one,butterflies don’t live here in the ghetto.”I thought it very amazing what these younger children endured throughout the war and reading and the poems that they left behind impacted me in many ways. As the months passed Raja’s family members, friends, and sweet teacher Irena leave on trains bound for Auschwitz. But Raja stays and in the end she is the only survivor…”Mother, father, Pavel, Irca, I hear you Honza I hear and remember. Irena Snkova I taught the children, my name is Raja, I was born in Prague, I am a Jew, and I survived Terezin. Not alone and not afraid.”These were the last words that I spoke before the curtains swished closed. I will never forget Raja’s story and the pain and suffering that all Jews undertook with such courage and strength.