Joshua has tried summer camp in the Philippines; now he’s getting a taste of one in China. Ran and organized by my brother-in-law, Jiang Yong in the mountains of Jixian an hour and a half hour away from Tianjin city, the camp trains children in Chinese calligraphy, martial arts, musical instruments and seeks to impart the cultural heritage of this proud nation.
At first, Joshua was not too eager to join but once he saw other kids his age, he forgot about his mom and dad, ran off to play with new-found friends, all wearing their smart, light blue, Mandarin-collared costumes. During lunch, some of the parents expressed their apprehension since they had never been separated from their child. I look forward to meeting them after a week when we pick up Joshua and wonder how the parents endure the separation. In most cases, I think, the separation is harder for the adults. For my kids and I, because we’ve been shuttling between China and the Philippines at times together and at times not, we’ve had a lot of practice.
Jason and I found our bit of heaven staying a couple of nights in Jixian, enjoying the cooler weather and walking up and down the mountain slopes right outside our doorsteps. Dream come true for mountain-lovers!
Check out information about the summer camp here, but it’s in Chinese: