Bird Flu and Dinner Chit Chat

Tonight we ate dinner at our favorite neighborhood noodle shop. It’s just a block or so down our street, and is run by a nice family. We go there often and they know what we like to order. We’re actually not sure how many family members there are, but so far we know there’s Mom, Dad, Big Brother, Big Sister, Little Brother, A Cousin or Two, and a few other helpers that we’re not sure are actual family members.

They are always happy to see us, and Mom often will take Leo when our food arrives, saying, “Gei mama chifan!” (“Let your Mother eat!”) She is on the very short list of people that Leo is allowed to go off with for a minute or two unsupervised (so far there are three people on this list!). It’s always a mixed blessing – on the one hand, it’s GREAT to have a few minutes to eat with both hands free, but on the other hand, we are always a little nervous about what might be happening to Leo in our absence.

Tonight it was going well, as Leo was enjoying everyone’s company in the front of the shop. He had about six admirers making every attempt to amuse him. JM and I were telling ourselves to relax about the germs, no one was spitting on him or sticking their fingers in his mouth, after all! So what if his toy fell on the ground and they gave it back to him. He’s had his vaccinations.

Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I spied Little Brother making haste to play with Leo, dragging his little pet wild bird on a string along the sidewalk behind him. I almost laughed at the irony of the situation – there we were telling ourselves to relax, Leo was just fine, not in any present danger, he’s made it this far without getting ill, everyone’s so kind, etc, etc, and suddenly a wild bird is about to make contact with our precious 9 month old son! For anyone who doesn’t know, Bird Flu is a risk here, and one of the most important precautions is to stay AWAY from contact with live birds. It’s a big no no. I saw JM’s eyes widen, said “GO!” and he leapt up, scooped Leo into his arms and made a very gracious exit with Leo back to our table. Phew!

We’re not letting our guard down anytime soon, although we really enjoy our growing relationships with our friends at various restaurants and shops in our neighborhood! Little Brother and his little bird, be on guard! 🙂


1 Response to “Bird Flu and Dinner Chit Chat”

  1. 1 Becca Lloyd May 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm


    Hey, I’m just catching up! Yeah, of all things, they had to have a wild bird! Woah! I’m sure Leo appreciated the swift rescue!

    I’m loving this great journaling of your adventures! keep it up!

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