Day Thirteen: Baby Elephants

Remember how I was talking about how I'm assisting in a Chinese school camp this week? The class I'm TAing -- arts -- has the most adorable and hilarious teacher, in my opinion. She literally bombards the kids with the most random art projects, but even though they're all weird and quirky (detergent bottle creatures, tin can robots, cardboard elephants, tiles with hamburgers, coffee bean dinosaur bones, puzzle hearts, etc.) they're definitely creative. In fact, I have a feeling some other teachers have been sneaking into our classroom just to take a look at the students' projects, out of envy for our supreme artistic skills.

Anyway, I was just remembering an incident that occurred in our classroom a few days ago. No, no one got hurt and no, none of the kids were upset. It's just too funny to pass up. Our class was working on building cardboard elephants and painting them to look like the type of elephants ridden in India and Africa to carry water for tribal folks. We even had a little clothespin for each kids to decorate to make their own mini rider, which was adorable. The teacher wanted to entertain them, since this was the class with all of the 4- and 5-year-olds.

Thus, she began to describe a picture she'd seen on Google. She began by telling the class about how there was once a baby elephant and how it was eventually caught in the middle of a drought. Its mommy elephant didn't want to die, so it took the baby on a long walk through the desert to the watering hole. The baby was already very tired, so when it saw a pretty butterfly in the distance, it ran off. Now, there was a mommy nearby who was able to save her baby elephant and bring him to the watering hole. However, this baby ran away so far that the mommy was no longer able to find him, and had to continue without him, leaving him to die in a sandstorm. Moral of the story: Listen to your parents or else you'll die in a sandstorm.

Aside from classes, I found that our camp could have many slight improvements. For instance, they've been serving the kids McDonald's for lunch. Not to say that McDonald's McDoubles aren't totally balanced as a meal -- compared to French fries, they actually contain quite a few important vitamins and minerals -- but in terms of health and young children, I just felt strange feeding them this sort of...junk. To say the least, shouldn't young children, especially, be receiving high quality food from the administration?

They were content enough, though, so who am I to criticize?

Breakfast: Soft boiled egg, yogurt, banana
Lunch: Turkey sandwich, figs, Wheat Thins
Dinner: White rice, flounder, cucumber and tomatoes, shrimp
Snack: Figs, melons


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