What I learn from an 8 year old

Sitting on the plane, about to spend a month in western rural China traveling without too much of a plan. I was exhausted emotionally and physically from all the good-byes and “obligatory” parties in the previous weeks. I needed time for myself. 

I was hoping I could catch a few hours of sleep before landing so I can start my trip with energy and enthusiasm.  As I started drifting off, I noticed the person sitting next to me was a simple little girl.  I assumed that her family members were nearby and did not think too much of it. 

I woke up in a daze after a couple hours to find her jumping in the seat, full of energy.  Of course, kids.  We made eye contact and she begins to berate me  with questions.  Very direct questions.