Fat follow up

The morning after Liz’s post about people assuming she was getting fat, Leo’s nanny arrived for work as usual at 8am. She said, "I was talking to the shopkeeper down the street. She said, ‘You know that foreign mother of the child you watch? She’s become so fat!’"

Liz and I started cracking up. Ayi continued, "I told her it wasn’t fat- only that you’re pregnant again!"

It’s so true- people will presume exactly what they will here, tactfully or not. Liz’s Chinese teacher, who had seen Liz in class for two weeks already, was flabbergasted when Liz asked for leave to keep a prenatal doctor’s appointment.

"You’re pregnant?? I had no idea! I mean, I thought since you already had a baby, you were just still fat." [Keep in mind Liz is 6 months pregnant, packing a volleyball below the belt!]

So be advised, people will notice you here, welcome attention or not! Good motivation to pass on those extra dumplings..


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