It was two very short blocks to our house. Instead of going to the front of the house, we walked to the back. “Now, we know where our house is, let’s walk you back to your house and make sure that you get home all right.” I said, “I always like company, but you don’t have to do that. I always go out for a walk when the weather is like this and it’s good for me.” She said.
Soon, we received a note in our mailbox. The two ladies Marjorie Banks and Lucille Smith had invited us over for tea. We went to their house for the first time. It was a very nice, comfortable house, small but elegant. They had all these collections in their living room, especially an oriental screen, and Chinese characters that meant “happiness, wealth, and longevity” on the wall. These things made us feel at home. After that visit, our friendship grew. Ding Hua studied for a year and then returned to China. In a way, the two ladies provided me with a second home and were there to help whenever I needed assistance.
|Marjorie, Lucille, and Marjorie’s daughter Rafe in front, classmate Handi (Chinese) from Indonesia, our English teacher in Syracuse University and her boyfriend.|