. . . or is it? Yesterday was Friday -- I know, because I taught my Friday class. But my students asked me if I was going to have class tomorrow. Huh? Now, why would I have class on Saturday? Especially a Saturday that starts a vacation week.
May 1 -- Tuesday -- is a big holiday in China, and everyone gets 7 days off. I assumed that meant that there would be no classes on Monday, April 30, as well, and I was rather surprised that I actually had students in class on a Friday before a holiday week. At my home law school, we used to have class on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but so many students skipped class that we gave in and made Wednesday a holiday, too. Now, of course, the students skip Tuesday . . .
My confusion was heightened when I had my students translate a message from Zoe's and Maya's school -- it seems they have a special trip planned for the students on Monday. (Which explains also why Maya's teacher asked me for 5 yuan -- I had no idea why she wanted it, I just gave it to her!) They are going by bus to a scenic park that morning, and will have the afternoon off (I hope there will be no mountains!). So it seems Monday is not a holiday after all. But that still doesn't explain why my students want to know if I'm having class on Saturday.
Then when I went to pick up the kids Friday afternoon, my helpful English-speaking parent tells me that the kids have school tomorrow -- school on Saturday! Why is that, I ask. It seems that Saturday is actually Friday this week -- everyone who works on Friday or has class on Friday has to go to work or class on Saturday.
So it seems I was supposed to meet class today. Oh, well, no one told me that. So the kids went to school this morning, and I'm having a day off!