I know it’s nothing to get to excited about, but today, I had a real conversation with Jonathan. Even though he is only 2 and his vocubalary is much greater than mine, I could understand his 3 & 4 word sentences some of the time. His, Mom, Nancy helped me out a few times. We sat in the basement after BSF today and had lunch together. I stayed at the church with Jonathan, and his big sister- 5 yr old, Abbey, while thier Mom went to Mcdonalds for the kids, and to the sandwich /coffee shop to get our lunch. Abby & Jonathan are both – bilingual already, so while Nancy was gone, they helped me set up our chairs, they washed their hands, and I set them up with pens and paper to draw for me. They drew great taxis, vans, and busses for me. We discuss these in both Chinese and English. I really got excited later when Nancy took Abbey to the restroom and as I started to go put up one of the chairs, Jonathan said he wanted Auntie Fran to stay here with him. (In Chinese – I think I got all that). Then our grandest conversation included words I knew – He has a cup. His cup has ice. Yes, I know those words! I think I have a new friend.
Today, I was about to head out the door for language – and the emergency horn went off. So I checked w/Jackie over Yahoo messenger if he knew of anything going on and if so, is it ok to go to language. He said he knew of nothing, so I hit the street. As soon as I got on a major street – I thought, this is really weitd. All Busses were stopped on the side of the road, all cars & scooters and even bikes pulled over, all pedestrians stood around talking on the phone – no moving foot trafic. So I get my cell out, and called Jackie again, describing my observations, adding, there are also a few police on the streets, and an ambulance has gone by. So he inquires, and a local at the office tells him it is a drill – could last as long as an hour. Well, I’m thinking, I’ll just walk to languge class since it’s a little cooler any way; I should be able to make it in 10-15 min. Well as soon as I approach the first major cross street – I hear a policman blow his whistle and lots of people hanging around at both intersections. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize – I’m not going to be able to cross the stree to walk on to class. So I hang back from the crowd and asked a man nearby if he spoke English. He said, yes, a little, so I asked, “what is going on” ? He said it was a drill and should be over at 2:30 (this would make it a 30 minute drill, not an hour). so I’m thinking, I can wait 8 minutes. As we make small talk, a couple of more ambulances go down the street at top speed. Beleive me, that must be a first, because under normal circustances in the traffic, an ambulance probably can never make it over about 30 mph. At 2:30, the emergency horn sounded again and everything set in motion again. The man did share that it was just in Taipei, when I asked if this was going on all over the nation. He also told me that other than a brief announcement over the news, and in the paper, many may have not known about the drill. So here is an artile I found to help me understand.