In Loving Memory

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© Deborah Downes
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I snapped a picture of the commemorative plaque on the table below the window that framed hundreds of children in the schoolyard of Hong Wei School. Above the Chinese characters engraved on the plaque was the dedication in English:

This Library is Donated
By the American Women’s Club of Shanghai
in Loving Memory of
Carolyn Clevenger
June 2005

Earlier, I and other expatriate women attended the dedication ceremony taking place in the schoolyard. We not only represented the American Women’s Club Shanghai (AWCS), but all who helped raise the funds needed to give Hong Wei School a library.

During the dedication ceremony, some of us expat women sat with the principal of Hong Wei and Carolyn’s husband, son, and daughter. We faced a makeshift stage surrounded by rows of Hong Wei’s students, girls and boys from kindergarten age through young teens. Soon, a group of girls came onto the stage and did a graceful traditional dance. Next a young boy demonstrated his martial arts skills, making impressive leaps. Both performances were in honor of the occasion and a way of saying xie xie, thank you. Though appreciated, the smiles and laughter of the children were more than enough thanks, just as they’d been months earlier.

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12 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    A wonderful tribute

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    Super entry! love the view of the people of the distance!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Inspiring...wonderfully captured

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Very inspirational tribute and a great narrative ...

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    Very interesting and wonderful story, such good work done by all, excellent entry !

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    Perfect. A great tribute.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (19 Feb 2012):

    Wonderful tribute and a great entry!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    Well Done!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    Serving up JPG's Community with a 5 Star entry!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    wonderful them entry!

  • Pamela Haberman

    Pamela Haberman gave props (24 Feb 2012):

    Deborah, I just love your photographs and narrative; I feel like a passenger on your travels.

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