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Playing the child in China

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When I was a little girl, I hated dresses, skirts and ribbons. I hated little dolls, kittens and the colour pink. I loved jumping in the mud, climbing trees and playing football with the boys. My dad always used to say his first-born was a son, because I never acted like a girl.

In fact, I thought I was a boy until I turned thirteen years old. Then I started wearing skirts, and dolly shoes and make-up. I even started to brush my hair! At fourteen, I became interested in fashion.  But part of me would always be missing, the little girl I never was.
This week, that long-lost little girl came out to play!

Three of my students took me out at the weekend to show me the places that Chinese girls like to go. Chinese girls are so different from English girls. Where English girls like to go for coffee and pretend to be adults, Chinese girls visit the Hello Kitty Café to drink bright pink and green milkshakes and giggle and gossip.

I became a giggling and gossiping Chinese girl for a day, and it all started at the Hello Kitty Café.

To enter the café, you have to walk through a giant Hello Kitty face, complete with a pretty pink bow and whiskers. Once inside, everything is coloured in pink, red, white and blue. It was as if I were a thirteen-year-old girl again; I spent at least ten minutes running around cooing at little sofa gardens with grass walls, surrounded by hedgerows decorated with mushrooms and kittens. I gasped with delight at the Royal Mail post-box at the bottom of the stairs, and again at the British phone box at the top! The little London girl in my heart leapt with joy at the British flags on the cushions and painted on the walls, the teacups and Kitty-covered cutlery.

The girls told me the story of Kitty White while we enjoyed afternoon tea with Hello Kitty, sipping strawberry milkshake, eating mango mousse and giggling like little girls.

No matter how mature or grown-up you think you are, every girl should take a day to reconnect with the long-lost little girl they used to be. Even the toughest tom-boy can find happiness in the simplest of girlish delights, especially if Hello Kitty is involved.

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What were you like as a child? How have you changed now that you're a teenager? 


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hadia 12 April, 2015 - 10:31

Umm! actually i've not changed much. I'm as i were before in my childhood the only thing that I've changed in myself is that I have become more mature and understand things very well than I used to get them 2 or 3 years before and my personality has been groomed and I am more active now.Well i'm still like a child and have childish attitude ( Haha) My family says to me, " stop behaving like a child, now you have grown up!" but i still behave like a little child sometimes ! hahaha!

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justcricketforme 27 February, 2014 - 11:19

Well, I didn't really change much except for my hair and eye colour. I used to be a bit of a cry baby and cricket hater. But since I have lived with boys in majority, I gave up my girly way and became boyish and now, I'm a tomboy!

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SandraB 28 November, 2013 - 21:33

I was really lively when I was young.I couldn't sit in a place for more than 10 minutes to be honest.Now I'm really stil,hell,I can stay at home for a month and that wont be problem to me.I didn't change a lot.I am still stubborn and well,pretty haha

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WildChild 5 November, 2013 - 14:57

As a little girl I was really boring and my mom was always bored because I was always talking and questioning a lot. Since then I've changed a lot.. Now I don't like to talk, and my mom says that I live in my own world, but I only talk to my friends... Only one thing will never change.. Since I was a little girl I used to do crazy stuff and I was always in trouble, like now. :)

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MALINE 27 October, 2013 - 19:10

I think the only change is that now I wear glasses and I´m thinner.
People always tell me that I take after my dad even we have almost the same name!

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MALINE 27 October, 2013 - 19:07

I haven´t change a lot,I didn´t use to wear skirts or dresses and I don´t wear them now but I´ll wear a dress at my prom,I think it would be so akward because I haven´t worn a dress in more than a decade!.
I like the same music I love Michael Jackson and I love Hello Kitty as well,by the way what´s the story of Hello Kitty about?

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AbbeyH 8 October, 2013 - 13:11

Harabeli, I completely agree! Girls should not try to grow up so fast, or before you know it, you will be an old woman! I am in my twenties, and I have many friends who still love Disney! It is lovely to hear that there are young girls who still feel this way!

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Harabeli Supersweet 27 September, 2013 - 18:41

I'm still a child inside, a girly girl. I like dresses and ball gowns. I want to be a princess. I'm obsessed with Disney and Barbie movies. I have always loved reading books and drawing. I still put bows on my hair and braid them. Most of the girls of my age (I'm 17) act like they're adults. They put on heavy make up and I don't like it. We should enjoy our childhood and youth as much as possible. We'll have time to grow up and we'll miss these days!

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