I’m sitting in the courtyard of the school, at that very precise spot which I usually enjoy so much, for the peaceful scenery of that quiet piece of countryside it offers me. But today, for the very first time since I’ve been back here (almost a month already), I’m not quite enjoying the scenery. I feel annoyed by a sudden feeling of discomfort. Today is a rest day, there’s nothing exciting to do, and for the first time, it bothers me.
When I decided to come back to the school, to train for an unlimited period of time, one of the questions I had in mind was, “How much will I be able to take of the training, but also of that isolated environment?” Today, I suddenly could hear Shanghai calling me…
So I took my phone and started to text one of my friends from my dearest city. The message was saying, “I miss busy Shanghai, I kinda feel trapped in here…” But then, out of nowhere I hear a little high-pitched voice calling, “Liang Jie Jieeeeee!!!” It’s Fu Wei Long, Master Fu’s 9-year old son. He’s hiding near the fish tank and he wants me to join him.
Liang Jie Jie. Here, I am a Jie Jie, a big sister. I might miss Shanghai and its exciting activities and people, but in Shanghai, there’s no kid wanting me to play with him, there’s no magic spontaneity bringing me back to the reality of that simple, yet authentic, life experience.
In the end, I didn’t send the text message, but instead, I ran to look for Fu Wei Long, and together, we went for a walk into the countryside. He showed me one of this favorite spots: a rill full of tadpoles. Then we went to the guesthouse nearby and he smashed me at a pool game… Nothing exciting to do, huh?