Man, who knew that my children would be considered "stars"? Everywhere they go, they get tons of attention. People want to stroke Maya's "golden" hair and everyone just squeals in delight at Nadia's big round eyes. It almost always plays out like this: people see Maya and her hair and say what a pretty girl she is (in Korean of course). They see that Nadia has black hair and are just about to look away when Nadia looks at them with her big round dark-as-night eyes. Then squealing ensues, cameras and/or camera phones get whipped out and they start clicking away. Then they start digging in their bags or purses furiously in search of something, anything, to give to them. They have gotten tons of candy and chocolates. Someone even gave Maya a cool ruler, like the ones that kids have at school! I was making such progress with teaching Maya not to take candy and gifts from strangers in the US, but that has gone out the window here. And for the most part, it is all women and younger women at that, so I'm not worried because they all have good intentions. But I will have to revisit the issue of taking candy and gifts from strangers when I go back to the US.
Anyway, here are some pictures of our day at the zoo at Seoul Grand Park today. These are different from the ones in my previous journal entry. These are of Nadia getting mobbed by, oh I'd say about fifteen 15-year-olds at the zoo playground. The squeals were even a little too loud for me! I couldn't get any pictures of Maya with the girls because, after about 5 minutes of attention from all of them, Maya freaked out and buried her head in my coat for the remainder of the time the girls were around. And they were around for a long time. I had to explain to them that she was being shy and overwhelmed by all the attention. A couple of the girls could speak and understand English, so they translated. They all started to sorry to Maya, which just made matters worse. LOL Poor girl. I tried so hard to explain that they loved her and her golden hair (that's what they called it), but she didn't care. All she wanted was to be left alone and to be able to play on the playground without being asked to pose for a picture. Nadia handled it better, trying to grab all the camera phones being shoved into her face! Oh and when one of the girls asked us where we were from and I said "California", more squealing! They were so excited. It was very cute. I enjoyed the attention, even if Maya didn't!