Yesterday we had a bus tour of downtown Manhattan, which was interesting, and then we were pretty much set loose on our own. In the group, everyone has mostly separated into their own subgroups. The one I’m with for the most part consists of me, Leslie, Patrick, and Katie. We all kind of hung out and walked a million blocks trying to find a restaurant/bar for a while. We weren’t successful. The end result was to go to Kmart, they bought their own stuff and head back to the dorm until later.
While waiting for them to shop and buy their stuff I sat off to the side inside the Kmart. On the bench was a man and a little girl was playing on the rail across from him. The little girl had black hair, appeared Asian, wore a Jasmine Princess costume, and was singing a song. The man, I’m assuming her dad, was singing with her. Every time they ended a song they clapped and he went “yay”!! The first song sounded like it was Japanese, and listening to the man they probably were. I think I’ve watched enough Japanese Dramas to know when I hear Japanese even if I don’t know what they’re saying. Anyway, after the first song, the girl wanted to sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and the man kept saying what sounded like “shiranai” which I assumed meant “I don’t know” since he never did sing the song. The little girl sang the first two lines by herself but I guess she didn’t want to sing alone. So she decided on the ABC’s instead which the man sang with her.
By now, Patrick had left the Kmart so I figured Katie and Leslie would follow soon, but I paused, looking at the little girl and smiled. I had a butterfly notebook and pencil so I pulled them out and wrote the lines to “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”:
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Went up the water spout
Down came the rain and
Washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider
Went up the spout again!
I tore the page and passed it to the man. He looked at me oddly, but I simply said “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”. He still looked kind of confused so I nodded to the little girl, “The song, the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’”. And he realized what I meant and called to the littler girl who read the lines with him and they sang the song, clapped, saying “yay!” at the end like they did for all the others. He said “thank you” and I walked out, feeling proud of myself.
While Patrick and I waited outside for Leslie and Katie the man left, I’m assuming, again, with his wife and the little girl he saw me and I think he might have been telling the woman what had happened because they both looked at me and he said “thank you” again. I don’t even like kids and I think the little girl was cute. I think the man was nice to see songs with his little girl in the middle of a Kmart. The whole situation was sweet and I know I won’t forget it anytime soon. So. This blog is for the little spider princess. Supaidapurinsesu.
*Translation via Google*