I know we’re only barely two months into the Expo but I can’t help but wonder what will happen to all the Haibao’s around Shanghai once this is all over. They’ll probably end up in some sad warehouse where 20 years from now China will need a mascot for their first surfing contest and they bring out the Haibaos, paint on some board shorts and sew a surf board under his arm and that’s that. But I will always remember our Expo mascot with love, as the happy little guy who always greeted me with a smile and was our reminder to always strive for a “better city, better life”.
And since we’re on this subject, it dawned on me on the (3 hour!) drive back from Hangzhou that if you take that John Denver song, “Sunshine on my Shoulders” and replace “sunshine” with “Haibao” it makes a really nice tribute to our blue friend.
So come on guys, sing along…
“Haibao on my shoulders makes me happy
Haibao in my eyes can make me cry
Haibao on the water looks so lovely
Haibao almost always makes me high
If I had a day that I could give you
I’d give to you a day, just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I’d sing a song to make you feel this way”
Didn’t that make you feel good? You know it did.