Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 6

Day 6: A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

My brother (blond in the back row) and his college students, posing with us funny Americans.

ooh this one was hard!

Today's challenge really got me thinking. I had a hard time narrowing down a specific picture. I settled on this group shot when we visited my brother's classroom in 2007. I'm not sure which class this was, but he teaches English at a university in Beijing, China. The day the picture was taken, the students were broken into four groups and could ask each of us Americans anything they wanted. The only caveat was that the questions had to be asked in English. If someone was caught, their punishment (jokingly) was singing in front of the class! They rotated from my dad to my mom, to Jon, and to me. It was  a lot of fun. If I remember correctly, most of the questions we got were about American life, and what it is like to have a lot of money (even us middle-class folks are more wealthy than we think). Sprinkled in there were questions about pop culture. Some things transcend language barriers.

I would love to trade places with my brother for a day. He has lived in Beijing for almost 10 years. He spends his time teaching such smart and gifted students and is able to really influence their lives. He has gotten the opportunity to master a second language and is fluent in Mandarin. He has a close-knit group of fellow expatriates and gets to enjoy some of the most amazing food (for cheap!) from all of China's diverse population groups. He married the most wonderful Chinese woman, Kay, who I love and wish I could see more of!

I am fascinated by his life in China. Coming from Montana, it is just so contrasting to see that much humanity all in one place (about 22 million people call Beijing home). It is such a crazy large city. I believe it is more than 100 miles from end to end. You would need to experience Beijing traffic to understand what a "traffic jam" really means. If I traded places with my brother for a day, it would be total culture shock! I imagine going from my slow-paced days with Jack in little ole' Clancy, Montana with acres and acres between our home and the next dwelling, to high-rise apartments and fast-paced living. I'm sure it would be exhilarating!

As I was daydreaming, this little exercise slowly developed into "if I wasn't a stay at home mom (SAHM), what would I want to be doing?" I do this daydreaming experiment quite often. If I'm being honest, I would say that a lot of times, it's really, really hard for me to be a SAHM, although I couldn't imagine our situation any other way and I wouldn't want anyone else being with Jack. So I spend time daydreaming and try not to get restless in the waiting.

Here is a list of professions I would love to trade places with for a day:


-International Development Worker


-Boutique owner


-Nonprofit Director... although I did this once and it often sounds more romantic than it really is... which is probably true for most of my dream professions! But oh boy, it's sure fun to dream!
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Lindsay said...

Fun post! I can't imagine living in a city of 22 million, but it would be FUN for a day!

Julie said...

I like your idea. I could total see you as a baker. :) I would come in and get a treat every day. I would like to be:

- a preschool teacher
- an author/writer
- a photographer
- a professor

Jessi said...

I totally forgot photography! I would put that on my list, too!

Babs said...

I can totally see you with a bakery and tons of amazing goodies! Yum.

Rebekah said...

What a fun post! I didn't realize that your brother has been over there for 10 years! I enjoyed reading your list of professions you would enjoy doing. However, in many ways you are already or have already done them all. You are a professor daily to Jake, teaching him and guiding him (and you taught online.) You fully support your brother and many other ministry workers and therefore are a Development Worker. Your baking that you do for others is beautiful and delicious and brings smiles to everyones face. You support, love and strengthen your husband and help him make wise decisions in his political job. Lastly, you and I help fund every little boutique in town. Someone has to help small businesses :)
Love ya!

Jessi said...

Oh Rebekah - that comment made my day!!! Very, very true.