Day 26: Service Learning Showcase
On April 3 at around 2:35, Mark, Armin and I went to Mr. Li's restaurant to pick him up. When we arrived, he wasn't there so we asked his daughter to call him up for us. She said he was taking his afternoon nap. After 5 minutes of patient waiting, Mr. Li came running towards us saying "Oh you guys came! Ok. Ok. Let's go to the party!"
We left and headed towards YZR. Once we arrived, we were greeted by our fellow students and many new smiling faces. We sat down in our dining room and prepared to watch and share our Service Learning videos. T called out and said my video would be presented first. I wasn't worried because I felt that we did a good job and protrayed Mr. Li genuinely as he is.
As our SL video was playing on the wall, every once in a while I would look back and see the expression on Mr. Li's face. I was at ease when I saw him laughing and smiling with the rest of the audience. I was proud of my Chinese speaking and translating skills because our video (I feel) had the most accurate translation. Once the video was over, Mr. Li laughed a little and the people around him all laughed and shook his hand. I felt very accomplished and proud that Mr. Li enjoyed it.
We continued watching everyone else's videos, I have to say, I am extremely in awe of how touching and genuine these videos are. This wasn't an advertisement to promote these people, they were just videos of their life story. And the videos were all wonderfully made.
Once the sharing was over, we all went outside and brought some Tofu from Mrs. Dou, who was also a SL partner. I thanked Mr. Li one more time for sharing his story with us, and I gave him a little gift I brought him in Dali OldTown. He was very cheerful and he invited us over for lunch. Mr. Li is really a wonderful man and I am really glad I had the chance to meet and talk to him.