type='text/javascript'/> A Latte Talk: We miss Nana

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We miss Nana

My August blog entries would be nowhere near complete without talking about Nana. We hosted a sweet Chinese High School student for a month while she attended summer school in St Paul. She worked her way into our hearts in a matter of minutes when she joined our family several weeks ago.

Now she's left us (sniff!), gone on to a boarding High School in a city about an hour and a half away, and our house feels so empty! We really miss her. We had so much fun talking with her and shopping with her. The girls couldn't get enough of her.

This is a picture of me, Nana, and Dawn at church:
Isn't she gorgeous?

It is absolutely amazing that in that month, I took not a single picture of Nana and my kids. Bad mama! Bad mama!! She was a natural at interacting with them, even after asserting to me that she had never been around kids before. She played with them, cuddled with them, and even joined our bedtime routine each night.

Nana, come back any time (although, I know I'm going to have to fight with Auntie Dawn over who gets you!).

The night before Nana's departure, we went out to a Chinese buffet and all of us pretty much embarrassed ourselves with the amount of food we consumed. My kids might have single-handedly caused the restaurant to rethink their 40 cents per year of age price for children at the buffet.

And is it not perfectly appropriate that Corene and Ava got these two fortunes in their fortune cookies (you figure out whose was whose):

To close, I will lavish upon you a tidbit of Chinese tradition trivia that I bet you didn't know.

One of the first nights Nana was with us, we had LeeAnn Chin for dinner (I was mortified that Nana might take one bite and declare the food completely inauthentic... to our surprise, she really liked it!).

At the end of the meal, we handed her a fortune cookie, and she said, "What's this?"

We said, "What?! It's a fortune cookie, you know, the Chinese tradition?"

"I've never heard of this. I've never seen anything like it. What's on the paper?"

"A fortune... You mean this ISN'T a Chinese tradition?"

Sure enough, it's not a Chinese tradition. They were first created in the United States about 100 years ago. Wiki asserts that"Throughout the western world, it is usually served with Chinese food in Chinese restaurants as a dessert. The cookies are little-known in mainland China or Taiwan."

Who knew.


Anonymous said...

I didn't know that about the fortune cookies. Nana is soooo beautiful. That sounds like a neat experience. I bet she was able to tell you a lot as you watched the Olympics. I slept great last night with no Olympics to watch how about you?

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

Go figure. I would never have guessed that fortune cookies were an american invention!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I read an excerpt from "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles" this summer in a magazine. It was a FASCINATING look at how Chinese-American food has evolved and influences our culture.

Not only are fortune cookies an American invention, but so is chop suey and lemon chicken. And as the author points out, there are around 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S., more than the number of McDonald's, Burger Kings and KFCs combined.

"Our benchmark for Americanness is apple pie," she writes. "But how often do you eat apple pie? How often do you eat Chinese food?"

Jenna said...

Nana is beautiful. And I liked the way she spoke. I know that might sound strange, but she had such a pretty speaking voice and accent. She had...I mean, she has. I hope to see her again. And get a picture of her with those kids!

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

Now I'm craving food from my favorite Chinese place.

And I had never heard that about the fortune cookie! Very, very interesting!

You are a wealth of information today :)

Dawn S. said...

Sorry, but I knew!! Bwa-ha-ha-ha!!