Be A Guest

One of Miaomiao’s big sisters gave birth to a pair of babies a months ago and we are invited to the restaurant to celebrate the one month old of the babies today.

So after breakfast this morning, i choose a pretty white new dress for her and dress her with it. She looks like a little princess on this skirt. Also i tie up the hair for her and put on the hair clips chooses by herself on her hair. 

When everything is ready, we take a taxi to the restaurant which is a bit far away from our home. It’s a bit early when we arrive there. We only meet the grandpa of the two little babies (Miaomiao’s uncle) after we enter in the room prepares for us. Miaomiao isn’t very familiar with this uncle and refuses to call him when we ask her to say. She just sits beside me at the table and eats sevral grapes and fried sunflower seeds with my help. Then she goes to the mahjong table to play mahjong under the encouragement of her grandma. She also asks me to sit at the mahjong table and she sits on my legs to play. Actually she doesn’t know how to play mahjong. She only heaps them high or puts them in order. And this can make her happy. 

There are more and more relatives come gradually. As we haven’t seen them for a long time, Miaomiao isn’t familiar with them either. I can feel that she is a bit nervous. She still sits on my legs and asks me to hold her when i stand up sometimes. She only smiles when others speak to her or touch her. And she also doesn’t call them or speak to them. She feels a bit better when she sees another kid – a little boy of twelve years old. It’s her auntie’s son and he does his english homework on the mahjong table beside Miaomiao after he enters in the room. Miaomiao feels very curious of his homework and stares at it smiling for a long time. She also wants to play the mahjong with her brother after he puts his homework in his schoolbag, though he doesn’t want to play with her.

I take her to the toilet and wash her hands in the washing room before lunch. She sits on the baby chair between her grandma and i during the lunch time and eats food in her bowl by herself. She says goodbye to all the people at the table after she finishs her meal. And we sit in one of her uncles car to go home then.

Miaomiao sits on my legs and doesn’t say a word on our way home. She just smiles and waves goodbye to her uncle when we get down the car. She goes upstairs with me all by herself. After arriving home, she asks me to change clothes for her. “I want to take off this dress, mom. I was wondering all the time on my way home that i wouldn’t wear this dress when i go home.” She says like this. I can’t help laughing after i hear what she says. It’s not easy for her to express herself so clear. And it’s also not easy to be a guest. Then i remember her unhappy face this morning after i dress this skirt for her and even when we praise it very pretty on her. She doesn’t like this skirt and it may make her uncomfortable. That’s the reason.

Listen to her idea carefully and respect her own choice, i think i’ll try to do better next time.

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Tina Peng

Tina Peng, Miaomiao's mother, born in 1985, and give birth to Miaomiao in summer of 2013, love Miaomiao very much, and willing to record her tiny things in this blog.

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