The start of day 2 was a little rocky; the power went off on the entire street where the Chunhui China Care Home was! They advised us to not come until they could fix it. Thus, for the first half of the day we walked around a mile radius and got Starbucks of all things! On the walk we saw a large Tesla building as well as a Coca Cola factory. We were also able to go through a beautiful park that had a super cool sculpture.
The day brightened up when we were told we could still go to volunteeer but the power would be off so we could fan the babies and entertain them. I imagined babies crying due to the heat and a lack of energy, instead the babies were filled with laughter and excitement to see us. All of the nannies were working so hard and making sure the babies were fanned as much as possible. For volunteering I led one of our new trip participants, Vivian, around the home. We first went to the pre-k room and the children seemed to fairly remember me from the day before as they went to hold my hand since they were preparing to go outside. Vivian and I parted ways with them at the door as a few of the other volunteers Mia and Morgan volunteered to go outside with the children. So together we went to one of the toddler rooms; in there, a cute little boy with casts around his legs and adorable large ears caught my focus. I immediately sat next to him and after giving him toys and making him laugh we were inseparable. Sometimes he wanted to grab a toy farther away so he worked really hard and scooted over to the object. Once there he scooted back and he tapped my lap in a cue that he wanted to sit with me -- it was so adorable! I also tried teaching him colors in Mandarin and his tiny little voice would sweetly repeat each word I said. Jenna played with a few of the babies but one in particular stood out as he giggled so much, especially when the nannies fanned him. Vivian worked well with all of the babies and one that she played with loved throwing a stuffed animal out of the crib and wanted us to put it back. He found it particularly funny when you put the animal on his head so I would repeatedly place it there and his smile lit up the whole room! Other than playing with them we also fanned them, however all of the babies were really interested in the cardboard we were using to fan them so they’d try to take it out of our hands very often.
After the Care Home we ate at a nearby restaurant which had a front entrance that looked very similar to a hotel. For dinner we did family style ordering as we had the previous days. The item I was most excited about was the Peking duck. The skin melted in my mouth and the duck itself was very delicious. That’s all for now!