Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Why All The Bags?

When my dad made the suggestion that we take public transportation out to JFK Airport, I had a good laugh. I mean, my dad's premise was a sound one...

You're going to China for a few months during the summer. How many bulky things can you be packing?

Well, here's the missing piece. Over the years, we have established many ongoing friendships with folks in China. In the beginning, it was when we were coming back to the US that we brought along a lot of clothes and other souvenirs. Now, though, our crew here is well-stocked in all things Chinese. In fact, here is what my mom said the other day (reiterating a point she has been making for weeks)...

Don't bring me back anything from China. I love my purse and blanket. But, please, don't bring me anything this time.

(I can't make any promises, as Desi is prone to going rogue in the shopping markets!)

So now we carry goods the other ways. American clothes to Chinese kids and teenagers. A make-it-yourself model of the Empire State Building (a gift to a friend's son who loves skyscrapers). Assorted other dolls, toys, and trinkets. Winter coats (yes, winter coats!). Even some clothes and other goodies for an American friend who is shortly returning to China and lacks available luggage space and weight.

So, no, Dad, we will not just be jumping on mass transit with just a couple of rolly suitcases!


PS: We take off in a few hours. We'll be seein' ya on the other side!


At 7:24 AM, Blogger Anne said...


At 8:43 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Thanks for that! (Current computer here in Jersey does not support Chinese characters.)


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