It was great to have you all over to Jim's house tonight. We would've done it at my house, but Jim's is so much bigger and cooler than mine. Plus, Jim's family is a big one, so he has enough chairs and forks for everyone. For years, I've told Jim about how excellent and fun my Chinese students are. Tonight I told him that since he's never come to China with me, I decided to bring a little China to him. Thank you all for being such gracious and charming guests. While we were cleaning up, Jim kept talking about how much fun he had with you.
One thing I want to commend all of you on is the way that you're taking advantage of your opportunities here in the U.S. I have seen it in the little things, like the way you ate the corn tonight (many Americans think corn cooked that way is strange) and in the way most of you learned to play Squeak. I have seen it in the bigger things, too--like the way you're getting more confident in talking with Mike, Hans and I in English, and the way you spoke up about what you really thought during class this morning. If you asked me, that's why we're here--to seize our opportunities, to try new things, to take calculated risks. If we always did the same things the same way, life wouldn't be very interesting. I hope you can all keep it up--we have been offered a tremendous opportunity here this summer, and we need to keep taking advantage of it.
OK--I need to go to bed--I have to teach about art tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to it. It's a great opportunity for all of us.