Today was a full day of reading, writing, and research. Besides a couple of phone calls and a visit, it was a quiet day. I had to tear myself away from taking notes so I can get out of the apartment for some fresh air. Also, I don’t know that I’ll be getting any more mild autumn evenings for too long, so I decided to visit the park where most of the toddlers hang out and play. It is quite a lively place, or as the Chinese put it, 热 闹 (re nao)! My camera was not cooperating with me, so my pictures are not as clear as I want them to be!

There are all kinds of games there, most of them put together every night by people looking to make a buck or two. This one is a water game where the toddlers scoop plastic balls with a net or a shovel. For more water fun, they also put live tadpoles or little water eels for them to catch. I had to look a little more closely to make sure they were real.

water game

This goes to show it doesn’t take much to please a kid. This is a big mat with lots and lots of sand on it. They put plastic toys, like trucks, cars, pail and shovel, and all kinds of kid-friendly items (made in China, of course) and let the kids have a go at them. There are several of these stations in the park. The parents sit around in little stools chatting while the kids play in the sand … good social time for both parents and children!

sand games

I was planning to walk around some more but I felt the wind getting stronger and I heard someone say that it would be raining soon. This one station was pretty much empty by the time I unlocked my bike and ready to ride away.

getting late ....

By the time I rounded the corner to my apartment, it started pouring. I got in just in the nick of time!

3 Responses to “Kid-Friendly”

  1. Yvette says:

    What do you writing about for your time of research and writing?

  2. Yvette says:

    I mean, what do you WRITE about, typo 😀

  3. mbcohao says:

    I’m working on a historical narrative piece on this particular minority group … a combination of fact and fiction! 🙂 fun stuff!

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