Saturday, June 30, 2012

Edelweiss and the Bowing Lady Greeters in the Window

"Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me."

Wandering the back alley streets around Taichung, I come to the Shin-Dong Department store to watch the bowing lady greeters welcoming customers in the morning.

"Small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me."

They're lovely, these immaculately and impeccably dressed real-lie mannequins, smiling and serving the public's every whim like untouchable mascots, introducing the customer to the possible treasures that lay waiting inside.

"Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow."

This is what it's like to be a foreigner.  You stand behind the glass looking in.  You know that the culture is there.  You know that the people understand something you don't.  You get a glimpse of it, but you can never enter inside and take it for yourself.

"Bless my homeland forever..."

Well, you spend a couple of years in a place and you have moments of realization like this.  That's all.  Good luck, ladies.  You'll need it.

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