Our first destination was the grandparents’ house. The town was the exact opposite of the developed and urban Beijing. I enjoyed seeing the grandparents’ older style house, dirt floors, chickens underfoot, and a comfortable collection of furniture.
After a delicious home cooked meal the grandpa took me and the other youngsters out to his field to help him pick peanuts. I also enjoyed seeing the grandpa and many other townspeople spreading corn out on the ground with a rake, to dry, or as my host sister put it, “let the corn meet the sun.”