As we were getting ready to get on the bus to go home, I suddenly felt really hungry and asked my friend if she minded waiting while I stopped for something to eat. There was a noodle shop right near by, so I went in and ordered a small bowl of noodles. She sat and waited while I picked up my food. When I came back to the table, I saw that one of the employees was standing over her looking at her. She was watching everything my friend did. In China, it isn't bad manners to stare, and she stared as much as her little eyes would let her. I sat back down with my food, but hadn't been sitting long when the woman who cooked it called out to me. I had noticed my food was lacking something, but until then I didn't realize that she had forgotten to add the meat. The curious employee came over and took my noodles back for me. Then she carefully delivered them to me with the meat added.
While we were eating I noticed her watching everything we did. She was really cute. She seemed so interested in every movement. It was almost like watching someone watching an interesting program on television. As we got ready to leave, she jumped up and came over and sat right beside me. She said, "I saw on television that foreign friends eat soybeans. Is that right?" She was so adorable the way she leaned in listening intently to everything I said. She was a plump, round faced woman in her late 30s. I told her that in America we don't really eat soybeans like they do in China. We drink cow milk instead of soy milk. We don't eat very much tofu. I explained that we eat other kinds of beans, as well as noodles, bread, rice, potatoes, and other things. She seemed so interested in everything I said. I love that her curiosity was greater than her shyness. So cute.
So I made two new friends today. And I got a hug from one of them. And the other had a nice conversation with me. I don't remember ever having that kind of experience in America.