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16 August 2009 @ 03:24 am
(Currently in a hotel lobby in Prague, Czech Republic on vacation with my grandma and Popo.)

Happy Story

I sat down on a bench somewhere in a touristy place outside of Prague with my Mom. I put my backpack next to me on the bench, not realizing there were other people who wanted to sit on the bench as well. When my mom alerted me to this, I looked behind me to see this really cute older couple looking for somewhere to sit. I grabbed my bag and signaled to them to take a seat on the bench with me. The woman who sat next to me was adorable. She smiled at me real big and then started thanking me in German. I pointed at her and said: "Deutsch?" and she nodded her head excitedly. She pointed at me and then I said: "American"

I couldn't speak German and she couldn't speak English. But somehow we were able to have a conversation. She pointed at the sky, then again at the ground, and furrowed her brow. I used my hands and mimicked as if to say, "airplane?" and she nodded again. I told her Hong Kong, China and then pointed at my mom and then my Popo. We went back and forth like this for several minutes. She put her arm around me and then we both started laughing. I found out she was traveling with a tour group from Germany. She has a son, a daughter, and 8 grandchildren. She had bright orange hair and wore glasses and her cheeks were pink from the heat.

Her tour group was getting together and getting ready to leave. At first she put her hand out to shake mine, but then we were both too happy and we hugged. As she was walking away she turned back around to wave at me. I blew her a kiss and then she blew one back.

Best 10-minute friendship ever. She made my week.

mayonegg: office group hugmayonegg on August 16th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I blew her a kiss and then she blew one back.
AWWWWWW! *melts*

I love this story. :D
Sylvia McNaughtyhomegrownweed on August 16th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)

that is impressive! how did you communicate grandchildren without words?