In a nice development, we ran into Conner's best friend at the airport. Conner's friend Tanner has been such a blessing. He loves Conner and is always looking out for him. He helps him at school social events and often aids him in navigating the school. He is a wonderful person and we are so grateful he looks out for Conner like he does. Tanner is in Conner's junior high Chinese class. The teacher of this class is leading a spring break tour of China for any students who wanted sign up. Tanner was going on this trip, and as we were boarding our first flight, we realized that this student tour had the same itinerary as we did all the way to Beijing. I love little tender mercies. It was great for Conner to have a friend during our Seattle layover and to talk to until we parted ways after immigration.
True to form, I slept poorly on the flight. Conner slept a little better than I did, but even he got a bit grumpy. He turned to me at one point somewhere over Alaska and asked, "are we almost there?" I replied, "just seven and a half more hours." "What!?!" He wasn't too pleased. The flight had many movies to choose from, and I watched Citizen Kane (not exactly sure why that one continues to be ranked as the number one film of all time by critics. Haven't they seen Guardians of the Galaxy?) and The Good Dinosaur. Conner has some books loaded on his iPod, so that kept him somewhat entertained. Finally we got to Beijing and parted ways with Conner's schoolmates.
|Trying to catch some sleep|
Once we had cleared immigration in Beijing, we had to go back through the check in process, get our boarding passes and go through security again. After security we stood in front of the "departures" listing trying to find our gate. A rather determined starer started to look us over. A young woman in her 20's, she did not relent. For a full two minutes she stared at us as I we stood there. Finally, she approached and with a thick accent said, "Excuse me, is this your son?" "Yes." Her response was obscured by her accent. When she saw my blank look, she spoke to Conner in Mandarin. He turned to me, "She wants to know if she can take our picture." (Conner's first experience with interpretation. He's pretty good at it!) This is not an uncommon request for us in China, although it usually happens when Parker (fiery red hair) or Jessica (long barbie colored hair) is around. So we let her take our picture. She gave Conner her qq address so they could keep in touch.
As we walked away we stopped to get a drink. Conner ordered a Sprite and we meandered towards our gate. As we were walking, I turned to him and asked, "Do you know why she wanted our picture?" "No," he replied. I told him: "Because I am so handsome." Sprite about spurted through his nose as Conner cracked up. "I don't think so!" he said. Apparently he doesn't even have to see me to know that wasn't tue!
|Made it to Beijing!|
|It's OK, though. He had a rope to tie down the trunk.|