I'm thinking about creating yet another new sidebar category: "The Thing That Made Me Laugh Hardest This Week."
This would be the first entry:
The phone rings. It's my mom (82), who is very excited about something. She is telling me to get my 15 year-old, Kristin, to come to the family room to see someone on TV (Olympics). She says a relative called her saying that there is a girl on TV right now whom Kristin looks exactly like. She repeats this several times while I call out for Kristin to come in.
So Kristin and her friend and Jorge come into the fam room. I quickly prepare Kristin to get ready to see her twin. We are all glued.
I ask my mom, "What is the girl's name?"
"Kristin looks just like her!"
"I know, Mom; what is her name?"
"What? 'Ching Ching?' Are you kidding me?"
And then Guo Jingjing's face is on the screen, and I start laughing so hard I can't even finish the conversation.
Do my relatives really think Kristin looks Asian? I guess she does have brown hair! Needless to say, ever since then, at just the opportune moment, like when Kristin opens the car door and jumps in for her ride home from school, I greet her with, "Hey. How was your day today, Ching Ching?" And she replies, "I'm ignoring you."
Here she is mugging for the camera on the first day of school this year, the 10th grade.
People often tell her she looks like Disney's Miranda Cosgrove.
I can't tell you how much I love this girl. Kristin, that is, not Miranda. Although I'm sure Miranda's a very nice girl. She's just not my Ching Ching.