I was lucky to meet a new friend, Lily, at an event I attended a few weeks ago. After chatting for a bit, we discovered that as chance would have it, she had applied at our school for her daughter to start in the fall. Lily is from Sichuan province in China and her husband is an American. They invited us to their house for a Chinese New Year lunch and playdate with our daughters. Emily is 3 and will be in the girls' classroom next year.