Wednesday, July 25, 2012
In Hong Kong
We made it safely to Hong Kong! Sissy has behaved beautifully. She has obeyed and came close only once to causing a problem. She always seems to pick the worse places, this time, immigration into Hong Kong. She had to use the bathroom badly so she was being super dramatic, doubling over, grimacing, etc... I had to tell her about five times to cut it out. I was so afraid they'd stop her for a health check. The temperature taking station was only a few feet away. Luckily, she stopped. When we finally did reach a bathroom, the line was very long, so we found another and the long was shorter, but there was still a good wait. She did the drama again and all the ladies in line thought she was ill. I explained to one lady (they all speak English in Hong Kong) and she in turn reassured me that Sissy was lucky to have a mom who will teach her and then spoke to Sissy a little bit.
I can't tell you the number of people who keep asking me if Sissy is mentally retarded. It is obvious she is not, but the way she presents herself sure gives that picture. However, I've taken enough pictuers of her now that she's starting to really try and change.
The Regal Hotel is impressive. Sissy couldn't stop her delight at how beautiful everything is. Jie Jie is simply tired, I think, and starting, ever-so-slightly, to act up by immitating Sissy a little bit. I've spoken to her about it and I think that being at home will help right away. Her health seems stable and she has not more complaints of pain. I am still not certain that starting the medicaton was the right thing to do, but after last time, I had to err on the side of treatment, to be safe while travelling.
We are lugging quite a load. Sissy came with two full backpacks and a bag and it was hard to manage it all, but my system did work for the most part. Only getting on and off the train were things difficult and then some other people came to our aid. I've found that the Chinese are very friendly and willing to help at any time. Their faces may not look inviting, but when I smile at them and say hello, they smile at me and say hello back far more than Americans in my neighbrohood do.
I never once encountered prejudice against Jie Jie's special needs either. She was utterly charming to all.
I'm glad for Sissy's sake to be heading home, but I am sad for mine and Jie Jie's sake. We've both loved being in China and we're aleady starting plan for when we come back for Apple.
Sissy has proven she can behave all day for one day. If she can do it for one day, she can do it for another and then another and another.