China Elevator Stories

“You have to be nice to your mama”

I chat with a co-worker in Shenzhen.


Ruth Silbermayr
Ruth Silbermayr


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

Ruth Silbermayr with ex-husband AMWF

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?

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