On Tuesday afternoon Justin and I went for an amazing long run. I increased my mileage this week, so I have been aiming for 1 hour short runs, instead of 30-40 minutes. Justin is quite the runner now – I’m so proud of him! We ran a route that brought us directly back to the school gates after 60 minutes. Our apartment is near the courtyard where the grade 3’s play in their free time, so as we entered the school, they all started shouting for Justin. Not wanting to stop my run on an odd number, I did one more lap around the school grounds to reach a total of 10 kilometers. I assumed that Justin would be waiting in our room when I got back, but instead, he was playing with these “paddle-and-feather-thingamajigs” with his students.
Friday will be Children’s Day in China, and as a gift to the students, the school bought them each a paddle and one of these feather “birdies”. I’m not sure what the real name is, so I’m just going to stick with “feather-thingamajigs”.
There were a number of pairs playing, but once Justin joined the game everyone came together to play one game. I ran inside to get our camera. Our apartment is in the background, on the right.
This is Jason. He is quite a character, and he made me laugh.
Look at that pro!
Justin has all the girl on his team, haha!
Mark is quiet but he opened up and started doing funny little dances for me.
Annie and Coco posing for a shot.
I love how the girls, who are half Justin’s size, are going for this shot too.
Annie and Ella
Ella could not hit the feather-thingamajig very far so she would go almost directly up to the boys team before hitting. Very cute!
I told Ella that I could do this too, but she didn’t believe me.
He’s a good teacher. Look how much they love him.
I’m crouching down here a little, but wow these kids are big!!
We had fun with the kiddos. It was a good post-run cool down. Everyday we hear them playing outside, but I only hang out with my kids and the grade 1’s because they are playing on the school track where I run most afternoons. It was great to spend some time with the grade 3’s too.