Ava loves to sing the song “twinkle twinkle little star” or in her words “twinkle linkle star.” To see her in China you would think she is a “little star” with the Chinese people singing the second line of the song “how I wonder what you are!” Our city, apparently, is not used to seeing many “white” kids and many of the Chinese are amazed to see her. Almost anywhere we go, Ava draws a crowd. They say she looks like a living baby doll with her white skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. She gets treated like a movie star. It was interesting at first but now it is kind of annoying. People surround her with their cell phone cameras trying to take her picture or they want their picture taken with her. Random people just want to hold her and/or touch her skin. She gets random free gifts from people and she is constantly told how beautiful she is.
Recently, at McDonald’s people walking by could see her through the glass window and would stop and stare at her or come inside and sit down to watch her eat (not ordering anything themselves).
All this attention is almost too overwhelming for her now, so when people come around she just puts her hands over her eyes and tries to hide.