China

by Lu
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Our old house, where I spent most of my summers growing up. Dad’s side of the family still lives here. Don’t be fooled by its ramshackle exterior. This is prime real estate next to the lake. For a decade now, there’s been talk of knocking down these 1950s apartments to build modern high-rises instead, so I snapped some pictures just in case, but I hope they never.

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Still haven’t figured out what the mystery fruit hanging from this tree outside our balcony is. I don’t think anyone in my family has ever tried to eat it.

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My aunt buying a fresh fish. Chinese perch.

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Our new house on the other side of town. My grandma reading the newspaper. She was illiterate for most of her life, but taught herself how to read after my mom and I left China so she could read Buddhist scriptures. Though she might just be looking at pictures here… I spy a panda on the back.

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My grandpa glued to the TV. He really likes watching battle shows and infomercials.

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He also reads the daily paper religiously.

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They claim they’ve never fought in almost 70 years of marriage. Selective memory 😉

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But pretty cute nonetheless 😀

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The most delicious, fragrant strawberries I’ve ever had. How can I ever go back to Driscoll’s??

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Not tomatoes. Ripe, slurpy persimmons you can eat just by sticking a straw in. The little red fruit is hawthorn, the most face-puckering sourpatch ever. I like hawthorn fruit roll-ups, which are loaded with sugar, but I don’t remember ever eating it fresh. I tried one and almost fell over.

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More next time! I’m still here for three more days of watching TV shows about Chinese bandits fighting off Japanese invaders during WWII, cooking and cleaning for my grandparents, and eating all the things from my childhood.

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6 comments

Angie Wu-Chin January 27, 2015 - 8:11 pm

I believe the leaves on the plant outside of your balcony looks like lemon leaves. The fruits reminded me of the Asian grapefruits. Just wondering?

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Lu January 27, 2015 - 9:18 pm

It does totally look like a grapefruit doesn’t it?? But I’ve been told they’re not edible. Maybe they just smell good 🙂

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Pops December 3, 2014 - 3:49 pm

THE ONE THING YOUR FAMILY HASN’T EATEN

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Lu December 3, 2014 - 9:29 pm

No no, they’ve all eaten it, just not me. I think it’s seasonal. That said, they all eat 3 times more than me…

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Señor Chompy December 3, 2014 - 9:50 am

Super cool. Love the picture of them smiling 🙂

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Lu December 3, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Tanks Chomps! I made dem laugh 🙂

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