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REFLECTIONS FROM THE EAST
     
Reflections
From the East

QinQin Sun Stubis
is a writer, communications consultant, and mother of two living in the Maryland area.

A Reunion Brings Together Two Sisters from Two Continents

(Continued from Monthly Columns)

She lives in Shanghai, China, while I reside in the metro area of Washington D.C., each of us raising a family on opposite sides of the earth. Although modern technology has made it possible for us to hear each other's voices and see each other's faces without making a trip around the world, we still miss those hugs and face-to-face interactions.
 
I visited Ping a couple of times after our parents passed away, but she never had an opportunity to visit me here in the United States. Finally, this spring, Ping voiced her wish to come and see me and our other sister in Cleveland. I was thrilled and jumped into action immediately for fear that she'd change her mind.
 
Soon enough, her trip was arranged and she arrived at my door in Bethesda, Maryland on April 27. It was truly a happy day. We wrapped our arms around each other so tightly that we could hear our hearts beat together in unison. We held hands the way we did as children skipping along with our pigtails flying on our way to school.
 
Finally, we were back together. I, being the host, could show her around America, introducing her to my proud cities and rivers, my beautiful parks and museums, from Washington D.C. to Falmouth, Massachusetts, from New York City to Cleveland, Ohio.
 
I'm pleased to report that Ping is thoroughly enjoying her trip, whether biting into her first burger or enduring an eight-hour road trip to Boston. Every day brings her something new, something unique that she is experiencing for the first time as we renew our sisterhood, rediscovering  the common bond of two lives separated by years, miles and the Pacific Ocean.  

You can always reach me at qstubis@gmail.com.

Qin is a longtime writer of ours who lives in Bethesda, MD.

 

 
 

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