The moment of truth, she donned the red dress, Margo sat down, I sat down, and then waterworks and screaming. She freaked. We stood around until every other family got done and she still did not want any of it. When all was done we were the only ones that did not get the photo.
The rest of the day was spent walking through one of the oldest markets in the city, the Qing Ping Market. Most of the vendors were selling anything from live scorpions to dead sea horses. Apparently a number of these items are used in tea to cure anything from congestion to skin problems. It was very interesting. The end of the walk left us in an updated section of the market that was set up like an outdoor mall. There were lots of clothes and toys. Margo told me she wanted to shop with Rebecca and Michele so I went back to the room.
When Margo returned she said Rebecca had a great time and that Michele and her two daughters were a hoot. She said Michele was great for Rebecca because she was an adult but she was silly and playful and she warmed up to that. Her one daughter was a little bit older so Rebecca looked up to her as a big sister. This was a strong contrast to the bleak start of the day at the photography debacle.
Later in the evening we got on a bus and spent about 30 minutes going to a Szechuan restaurant. Rebecca sat between Michele and her kids and the whole time they played and giggled. When we got back to the hotel they spent 30 minutes running around the playroom and I found out my daughter is a brute. She was doing some wrestling moves that would make Hulk Hogan proud. In the end she said good night and walked back to the room. I saw more energy and happiness in this one night than I have so far in the entire previous week. I was happy and jealous all at the same time. I wished in a lot of ways that she felt that comfortable around me but I know it will come in time.
Only two more full days and then we are homeward bound.