Tuesday, September 6, 2011

And so it Begins...

School has begun in much of the United States, Across the World, and of course here in China.  There is excitement from children and parents and anticipation by their teachers.  So much to learn, isn't there?

Last week, our son-in-law, our son, and my dear husband, the Big Guy, were teaching and training classes of  adult learners within the same week!  I just HAD to share the photos of each of my guys being "lǎoshīs" - teachers. I'm very proud of each of them and if you know me at all, you know I can wear button-busting PROUD with panache!

Son-in-law Josh -  at Mount St. Mary's University
Los Angeles, California

Our Son Garrett-"Train the Trainer"- for Apple, Inc.
Austin, Texas

Big Guy at Ford - "Negotiations Training"
Authored and Presented

We're putting the Mandarin Lessons with patient Stefanie on hold for a week of learning outside of our home and away from the Power Point presentations.

After a full 5-months of living in Nanjing, China, the Big Guy and I are about to practice our tourist skills and learn more about China.  We're not going that far, just Xi'an and Shanghai, but we're packing sensible shoes and heading out of our little bubble of comfort.  Yes, it's time.

Our first house guest, Linda from the USA, will arrive late Thursday evening in Shanghai after her flight from Detroit, Michigan and a three hour car ride to our home. Linda will grace our guest suite on a level all to herself. The towels are fluffed, the closet re-arranged for open space and her request of Crystal Light and an appointment for a Thai Massage on Friday will be granted. She will meet our friends, "the Normals,"  Ford co-workers who all arrived for a China assignment about the same time, an extended family of sorts, all "Embracing the New Normal in Nanjing!"  We'll attend an open house, strut about town and welcome her to the sights and sounds "Watch your Step!" that we have come to embrace.

Linda is our impetus for our September learning.  She is well-traveled and confident and wants to see the terracotta soldiers in Xi'an and so we will.  We will head there by plane on Sunday. Our guide is in place and sounds like a colorful soul that I'm sure I'll be blogging about.  I'll be reporting back on what we see and do. More specifically I will share what we learn while there. I fully expect to put the Nikon to good use in doing so.  Slide Show! 

We're never too old to learn something new and take wee risks to learn MUCH! 

So... Happy New School Year to those who "get" that learning never stops and return to Cricket's Voice to learn something next time about Xi'an and those terracotta soldiers!


Thanks for Reading,


p.s. Linda is afraid of dogs...
Our little dog is a yapping terror until she understands that the guest is here to stay and didn't arrive to drag her "peeps" out the door and down a path to their demise.   We will rise above this...we will rise above this...we will rise...


Becca said...

I loved the photos of all the teachers in your family at work! Very impressive bunch of guys you 've raised up :)

You are so right that the best Learning comes when we step out of our comfort zones. You have done that -and continue to do that in such a BIG way that I consider you a GENIUS!

I hope all goes well on your trip and with your company.
Casey...chill out girl, it will be ok:)

Allison D. said...

Well, I guess I know where I got my "student of the world" mentality!!


Buff said...

Great set of Johnson family educators! Love the pictures!