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A blissful spring

Popularity 13Viewed 4402 times 2015-3-13 04:38 |Personal category:life abroad|System category:Life| spring, environment, pollution

The spring comes. In the evenings when the weather is nice, you can enjoy a beautiful scene of starry sky. This Sunday we went to a friend's party and came back a little bit late. When we got off the bus it was almost dark. The nice thing was that it was a lovely sunny day and it was still warm in the evening. The sky was clear, dark blue. The stars were twinkling like diamonds. It looked so beautiful that Nicole pointed at the sky and told us 'Star! Xingxing!' Then we introduced more knowledge about stars to her, the constellation. I showed her what's the Orion, the Big Dipper, and the Cassiopeia. These are easily recognized here in this season.

 

This reminded me of my childhood, on the summer evenings when the sky was clear, my father always showed me different constellations, which area belongs to which one. Those are sweet memories. The time we also had lovely blue sky, and the air smelled fresh with the scent of natural plants.

 

Then the talk naturally diverted to the hottest topic recently, Chai Jing and her anti-pollution documentary 'Under the Dome', the current air pollution inside of China. It's really a pity the condition comes so serious as reported. Actually when we have a review of the development of developed western countries as the States and the Great Britain over last seventy years, it will become clear to us that they also encountered such kind of environment pollution problems, and so did Japan. Their governments and people finally resolved the problem and learned a lesson from it. As to our nation, we should have learned from their experiences to avoid such kind of conditions. If failed, and yes it fails, it's time to face it seriously and to find out a solid way to solve the problem.

 

Sometimes I'm wondering how would I introduce our homeland to Nicole. The majestic scenery? The long history? The national blood and tears since 1840s? Or the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation, the Chinese dream? I may include them but I'm wondering these topics would be too abstract and big for her age. Anyway she knows her grandparents are in China, and her uncles and aunties are there as well. She gets the idea that she's not allowed to drink tap water directly in China, because it is not clean and safe enough. She knows that she's not allowed to take snacks buying from stores outside because there maybe chemicals inside which are toxic. And even more horrible, there are bad persons aiming to take little kids away from their parents to make money (the notorious human traffickers). Now the air is not suitable for breathing there. So how can people survive? She may ask me one day. Maybe her friends will ask her and then she will come to me with the question.

 

I want to tell her that is not the whole thing of China. And we have positive things definitely. But I feel embarrassed, and it's challenging for me to explain to her. Indeed I hope and I have the belief that our homeland will become stronger and more beautiful, and most importantly, in the meantime of the development, build a respectable image in front of the world. And we are all proud of her.

 

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Reply Report SEARU 2015-3-13 09:17
The Globe where we live is unique that could not be copied so that we could own another fresh 'blue planet' in the universe!------so environment protection should be our top priority work in the new era!
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-3-13 09:40
A child often yearns to know the history of their mother country, especially when far away.
Reply Report KIyer 2015-3-13 12:38
Good post. It brings back almost identical memories and issues we faced with our kids too. Delhi, now, is the most polluted city in the world. Yes, children need to know something deeper than the current physical polluted environment. Often, on a visit, they will themselves spot something remarkable and mention how it is good and not found in their home outside China. This happened to my kids. A bit of simple history and pattern of development of countries is OK to share with them. They can easily grasp that.
Reply Report 财神 2015-3-13 15:44
The entire world is suffering from the pollution because of increasing industrialization. This is not a topic of particular some nations had ‘pollution’ but now reduced. This is the issue of whole world that need to do something for the beautiful and healthy world.
Reply Report voice_cd 2015-3-13 16:59
Thanks for sharing your opinion here. We have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report springcastle 2015-3-13 17:42
Part of facts still hurt in Chinese society, but things are changing for the better.
Reply Report Judy_Zhu 2015-3-13 23:40
SEARU: The Globe where we live is unique that could not be copied so that we could own another fresh 'blue planet' in the universe!------so environment prote ...
Exactly!
Reply Report Judy_Zhu 2015-3-13 23:41
ColinSpeakman: A child often yearns to know the history of their mother country, especially when far away.
A nice piece of advice:)
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-3-13 23:46
Judy_Zhu: A nice piece of advice:)
Yes!
Reply Report Judy_Zhu 2015-3-13 23:48
KIyer: Good post. It brings back almost identical memories and issues we faced with our kids too. Delhi, now, is the most polluted city in the world. Yes, ch ...
Thanks for sharing with me your precious experience dealing with your kids. India and China in many cases share the similar aspects during the development, so do the people abroad. Here Nicole has a good friend named Naisha from India, the family has been in UK for years and then translocated here. We always find common topics when meeting up.
Reply Report Judy_Zhu 2015-3-13 23:54
财神: The entire world is suffering from the pollution because of increasing industrialization. This is not a topic of particular some nations had ‘polluti ...
Yes people need to work together cooperatively.
Reply Report Judy_Zhu 2015-3-13 23:56
springcastle: Part of facts still hurt in Chinese society, but things are changing for the better.
Thanks my dear friend. Yes we all have believes that it will get better with our effort.
Reply Report Judy_Zhu 2015-3-13 23:56
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your opinion here. We have highlighted your blog.
Thanks voice for your recommendation.
Reply Report Igo 2015-3-14 11:19
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul...
Yah, we shall sing VINCENT for spring evenings.
Reply Report ysyaileen 2015-3-14 16:33
Igo: Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul...
Yah, we shall sing VIN ...
it is a romantic song, i love it
Reply Report ysyaileen 2015-3-14 16:35
we should protect the enviroment together, everyone has the responsibility.
by the joining effort we can make the world better
Reply Report Funny-boy 2015-3-14 19:38
This is a very serious topic, Our nation's economic strengthens,but the pollution become more terrible. Our government departments shall take more practise measures to resolve those issue.  Everyone shall make efforts for this matter.
Reply Report Igo 2015-3-14 23:40
ysyaileen: it is a romantic song, i love it
Right, it was originally vocalized by Enrique Iglesias' father Julio Iglesias.

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