Solbit Finds a Vietnamese Flower

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Dear Nicolai,

Wow, I’m having a wonderful time here in Vietnam.  Nona and Papa are too.  We love it here!

Today, Nona and Papa took me for a walk in a garden, a big garden.  A most unexpected thing happened to me.  I found a beautiful Vietnamese flower, but it’s not what you think.

Actually, I made a new friend.  Her Vietnamese name is Hoa.  Hoa is Vietnamese for “flower.”  In English, you pronounce Hoa as “wha.” Doesn’t that sound pretty?  I think so.    Here’s a picture of us in the garden by a pagoda.

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I think she’s pretty as a flower, don’t you? Don’t worry.  Just because I’ve made a new friend doesn’t mean you and I aren’t friends too.  I can have a lot of friends, and each one can be very special to me, just like you are special to me.

Right after I met Hoa, she invited me to meet a friend of hers. We had to go to where he was because he was working.  Yeah, he has to hold up a pagoda all the time.  Here’s his picture.

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Mr. Turtle is very good at his job don’t you think?  He’s very steady and dependable.  That’s good, because then the pagoda won’t fall down.

Hoa took me for a walk around the garden.  We came across two old men playing a board game.

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I didn’t know what the game was, so I asked them, “Hello, may I ask you what board game you are playing?” One of the men said in a gruff voice, “Go!”  I thought that was rude.  So, I didn’t want to be with them anymore, and I started to walk away.  Then Hoa called me back, “Don’t leave Solbit.  The man wasn’t being rude. He just told you the name of the game. The game is named Go.  He was just answering your question.”  I laughed at myself, then, and said, “Thank you and sorry I misunderstood.”

After we watched them play Go, we walked on.  We found a man who was fishing.

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He had a problem.  Do you see what it is?  He had good luck and bad luck.  His good luck was that he caught a big fish.  His bad luck was that the big fish pulled his fishing pole out of his hand, and, now, he lost both the fish and the pole.  I said, “I’m so sorry.  I wish I could get them back for you, but I can’t.”  He said, “That’s OK, I enjoy just sitting here by the beautiful lake and letting my mind wander where it will go.”  Hoa and I said goodbye to him, and then Nona and Papa showed up.  They invited Hoa to come along, and she said yes!  So now I have a new traveling companion.  Yippee.

Well, you have things to do, and I should close this email message.  Remember, I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

October 2013

*You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.

*You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”