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Traditional Chinese

Hello, my name is Auntie Arlene. I will share with you different stories from my life. Some of them are quite amazing. My life has been rich with adventures. I have traveled this road for a very long time. It all began in a little house in the countryside. But the path has taken me to far away places. Will you join me on this journey? You will learn a lot about other people and places around this world. Are you ready? It will be a fun trip. So let's get started. [mp3]

户外厕所 Plumbing


Today I look back on that little one-room schoolhouse and remember something special: We did not have a bathroom inside and had to go outside to use the toilet. The outdoor toilet was across the little playground and had one side for the boys and the other side for the girls. It was especially difficult in the cold winters, and we would wait as long as we possibly could before we raised our hand to go! Besides that, everyone in the school knew when you had to go to the bathroom. That was most embarrassing.

Without indoor plumbing, we had a large ceramic jug with a spigot on it that sat on a shelf for our drinking water. Every child had their own tin cup in their desk so germs could not be spread to each other. When the water jug was empty, two of the older children were sent up the hill with a bucket. There, underneath a large pine tree, was a spring of cold fresh water. The water was pure mountain water that satisfied your thirst like no soft drink ever did.

The children would dip the bucket low, being careful not to stir up any mud settled at the bottom, and slowly brought the bucket up. On summer days, they would linger a little longer under the shade of the old tree and refresh themselves with a cold drink. Then they would walk slowly back down the hill with the bucket between them, being very careful not to spill the precious contents. The teacher poured the water into the jug and all the children lined up with their tin cups for a refreshing drink of cold water.

Embarrassing - Feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable
Ceramic - Made from clay

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