China Elevator Stories

“You have to be nice to your mama”

I chat with a co-worker in Shenzhen.


Ruth Silbermayr-Song


One of my co-workers who has just recently given birth herself sees me sitting in front of my desk.

Like out of the nowhere she appears in front of me, starts stroking my belly, and says: “Hey there, little one! How are you?”
I tell her: “Be careful, the baby kicks with a lot of force.”

She replies, enthusiastically: “A lively baby!”, and then keeps stroking my belly, but more carefully now. She then tells the baby: “You have to be nice to your mama. Don’t make her feel too exhausted.”

Have you ever encountered a similar situation?