Not long after we arrived and started teaching English in Fuyang, we got to experience the holiday known as Teacher’s Day. This is a day when students thank their teachers for all of their hard work and sometimes present them with little gifts. I knew of the holiday before coming to China, but I didn’t expect the students to give either Phil or I anything, for like I said, we had just started teaching. I didn’t think it was possible for them to like us enough to by anything for us, given the amount of time they had known us.
So, you can imagine my surprise when I came home from work and found a carved watermelon wishing Phil a Happy Teacher’s Day sitting on the kitchen table. I’m sure I imagined several gifts that the students might give us, but I don’t think that a carved watermelon was one of them. I was quite impressed. The student put a lot of work into it.
During our six months there, Phil got all sorts of gifts from his students – ranging from greeting cards to Final Fantasy posters to Hello Kitty stuffed toys. Phil’s students were loads nicer than mine ever were.
And just in case you don’t know what a carved watermelon looks like – here you go!