Friday, November 27, 2009
Christmas Chocolate Calendar, anyone?
I did my first (and maybe also last?) Christmas deed last night when I went to visit the 2 Korean families whose kids I tutor. I had sent after 3 chocolate calendars from Sweden, which I now all Santa-like handed over.
The oldest kid (10 year old girl) was very grateful:
-Wow, thank you miss Jonna! (I love how everybody here calls me “Miss Jonna”) Although… I better hide it… otherwise my little sister might steal it…
-Don’t worry I brought one for her too.
-Oh, but she’s still going to steal mine. She loves chocolate.
-Well maybe you can let your mom hide it for you?
-My mom? Oh no. My mom loves food too. I’m sure she’ll eat all the chocolate if I
give it to her.
-Eh…. Right. You better hide it yourself then.
Her little sister (5 years old) was as expected, overjoyed.
-Thank you thank you thank you! She yelled (it’s about all she can say in English) before she sat down on the floor, ripped off the plastic, opened it and started munching on the chocolate.
-YUUUUUUM! Came from the floor.
-Eh… she’s not supposed to eat it all now? I tried. It's not even December yet....!
Too late. The girl had already eaten three days of chocolate. Imagine my surprise when I realized that her mom, sitting next to the little girl, also opened one box and ate some.
-Guys, it’s a calendar?! It’s supposed to be a countdown to Christmas? You eat one piece every day?
Useless. Oh well. At least they looked happy and thanked me about one million times.
Up next was Korean family number two where I tutor a 7-year old Korean boy called Ricky. He’s adorable but very mischievous. I was expecting a bit of a fight with him in order to not get him to open the calendar on the spot.
To my big surprise, however, he was unusually calm. I gave him the calendar and told him it contained small chocolate pieces, and that he was supposed to open one “box” every day, number 1 on December 1 and so forth. He listen carefully before he took the calendar and handed it back to me.
-Sorry, I cannot take it. Mom will be angry if I eat chocolate every day.
-But it is just a tiny little piece! I tried.
-No, mom will be too angry.
(It took some chatting with his mom before he reluctantly accepted it)
Wow, kids?! I have to admit; I didn’t have much experience when it came to small children before I started seeing these 2 families here in China. I’ve never really been into kids, I never played with dolls when I was a kid myself, and I kind of always preferred puppies to babies… However, after 2 years with these Korean kids, I have to say I am starting to kind of like the idea of them more and more. Most of all, they are hilarious because they are so unpredictable. They never react the way you think they would.
Anyways, I have one spare chocolate calendar at home. Anybody who lives in China who wants it? Come up with one good reason and email me your address (jonnawib at yahoo.se –remember, you have to live in China) and I’ll send it to you by mail this wknd.