I always tell people that China is my birth mother because I was born in Shanghai, Taiwan is my adopted mother because I grew up there from kindergarten through college. USA, on the other hand, is my mother-in-law since that is where I married ray and raised a family. I took both LL and DD to Taiwan several times when they were young to visit my parents. Their fondest memories, in addition to the love of Gong Gong and Po Po, were all the delicious foods they ate, especially in the night market. Now that Kaanan (61/2) and Kavi (4 1/2) are old enough to travel long distance, my whole family is going to Taiwan to celebrate DD's big birthday and to share my childhood home with grandchildren. We will see my old hometown through the eyes of young kids and experience the excitement of new sounds, new foods and new friends with them. This should be an exciting trip for all of us.