12 November, 2016

Five-Minute Friday - When "common" isn't so common

For today's post, I am following the one-word prompt from Kate at Heading Home. This has been a good way to keep me on track posting somewhat regularly. 

If you want to join us, click that link to her blog. Every Friday is a new word, and the only rules are: 
Write for 5 minutes. 
Link your post on hers. 

It's pretty cool, and I find a new blog every week.
(Now if only I would make the time to revisit more often during the week.)
This week's one-word is "Common".
Timer starting...

HAHA! Right now, as an American in China, I don't feel I have much in common with anyone around me! I'm prepping for a drama camp, and read about a team activity that suggested letting kids pick partners by some organic means like "find someone with eyes the same color as yours". 
...In China? Um... think I'll skip that.

I'm 5'10", red hair, green eyes, caucasian, and I don't speak the language of those around me. I'm a Christian in a secular country. What could I possibly have in common with my neighbors?

A smile. A smile reads in any language.
Holding the elevator for someone struggling to get to it.
Holding any door!
Laughing over discovering a new word - or a language mistake.
Petting a dog.
Lifting my face to the sun.
Bobbing my head to the beat of the music - in any language.
Making "yummy sounds" and rubbing my tummy.

It's there. What makes me human makes you human, no matter what our religion or politics, no matter the language or geography.

...Time's up.

Thank you, Kate, for this prompt! This was an enlightening thing to write off-the-cuff!


  1. What? You mean you can't find a red headed, green eyed Asian person in China? I love this post. So true, especially the common smile, and if we can't find something to smile about we are truly in a sad state. I jumped over from FMF.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Christy. Sometimes all we can do is smile and shrug.

  2. Visiting from FMF- My friends husbands are over in China right now and one of them is a big, tall guy. I'm sure he feels the same as you. :)

  3. I'm struggling to find things in common with my fellow Americans. Now, you have put that into perspective for me! Have a great week!!

    1. Sometimes I think Social Media makes it harder to see commonalities. People so often post the more controversial issues!

  4. Excellent observation, some things translate into all languages and cultures. You do have to adapt activities for the people you teach. I'm sure there are features the Chinese recognize to categorize people and when you live there long enough, you will know them and if they are socially acceptable to mention. Take care.

  5. how much we have in common in the little everyday things


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