Making a Good First Impression

Post #5 Feb 3, 2018

The weather is especially cold this winter where we live. So, I’ve been wearing these long thermal underwears, like people do in China during the winter. On my first trip to China to meet my wife’s family, it was wintertime. So, I packed and brought my long thermal underwear. The thing about wearing them is that you feel warm and covered, even when you are not.

I remember coming out of the bathroom into the living room where there were about 6 older ladies (family and friends) visiting. The conversation stopped and everyone started staring at me. I looked down and realized suddenly that my pants were still completely open! I quickly turned around and fastened my pants, while trying to remember how to say “I’m sorry” in Chinese. Some laughter started and then the one English speaking aunt there said, don’t worry, we are all family.There was more talking in Chinese and laughter – but I have no idea what was said. Great first impression!

这个冬天特别冷。所以我常常穿长热内,像中国人一样过冬天。我第一次去中国见太太的家人的时候,是冬天。所以我带上了我的长热内。它的好处就是让我很暖和。所有皮肤都被衣服盖住了。暖和得甚至有时候不知道衣服有没有穿好。

我记得有一次从厕所,回到客厅的时候,我发现六个客人到了客厅。他们本来在说话。一看到我就没说话并且盯着我看。我看一看我自己发现裤子没有穿好。我迅速转过身把裤子穿好。因为那个时候我还不会说中文,所以我就说了‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry!’。她们都哈哈大笑。然后一个会说英文的阿姨告诉我没关系,我们都是一家人。她们继续说说笑笑,然而我听不懂。我给我的家人留下了不可磨灭的印象。

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