Well yes, my Grandson came and we had such a lovely evening - after almost five years. He teaches English to Chinese adults right down in the South of China and, of course, he has not been able to come 'home' because of Covid (which he actually had at the end of last year.
My first surprise was when my son brought him in at around seven o'clock. My son came into the room first and I thought it was my grandson! They are so very much alike. Another interesting thing was when he spoke - after living in China for almost six years his accent has changed completely. He almost sounds as though English is his second language - although he still speaks perfect English it is with a slight foreign accent. As a teacher of English as a second language myself for part of my career I found it fascinating just listening to him.
We got out the Atlas and he pinpointed exactly where he is teaching (the place is right on the Tropic of Cancer) - it is never cold so he had to buy himself a lovely thick fleecy lined anorak to come home.
He is very happy there - he seems to love everything about it and has many Chinese friends. When I was in China many years ago my first husband and I bought a Chinese poem, writte n on parchment and when we got home we had it framed and it is hanging on the wall in my sitting room. My grandson was able to point out many of the characters on it(I have had it translated by a Chinese friend I have here) and to explain the whole idea of their written and spoken language. It is fascinating and one wonders just how children ever learn to write it - it is so complicated to the English mind - although we did learn the symbols for 'forest', 'person' and 'water' on my picture.
We also talked about visits he has made - to Shanghai (where his grandfather lived for three or four years before World War 2), to Beijing and also to small towns around where he works, where he says a foreign face causes people to look at him and point him out to their children, who often try to practise their English with him.
He found the journey extremely tiring - he didn't come via Bahrein (I had got it wrong) - he came via Dubai with a 5 hour stop over. So the whole journey took twenty four hours. When I went many years ago the stop over was in Qatar and was only 2 hours).
We had such an interesting evening and it was so lovely to see him again. I went to bed on cloud nine and slept like a baby.