Redlands Christian Schools
Arrowhead Christian Academy
Cross-Cultural Friendship: Ruby and Clara
March 16, 2017
“We just like to wear comfy clothes, fuzzy socks and watch a movie at home,” said Ruby. Ruby and Clara share a relationship that is both laid back and full of humor while encouraging each other's skills on ACA’s tennis team. The fun loving relationship between Ruby and Clara are an example of some of ACA’s cross cultural relationships.
Ruby and Clara spend some of their time trying new foods and talking about Ruby’s life back home in China. “I have to tell her to be more adventurous,” said Ruby when talking about Clara’s picky eating habits. “If I were to go to China I would have to go with Ruby because she would have to translate everything. I would never leave her side because I know only the five words that she taught me: good job, go get them, thank you, hello, and, I love you. And my pronunciation is rotten,” said Clara. “It's pretty bad,” Ruby agreed.
The two met when playing on the tennis team this last year. “I saw Ruby for the first time at practice. She only talked to the other Chinese international students so I decided to reach out that day and make a new friend,” said Clara. Both of the tennis players were singles players throughout the entire season until they were paired up as doubles partners at the very end of their season. “We had no strategy or anything and as doubles players everything was completely new,” said Clara “ We didn't know what to do some of the time, like who was supposed to get the balls in the middle of the court,” added Ruby.
The girls ended up playing three games as doubles partners and went all the way to finals before losing by three points to another doubles team who had been playing together for two years. “We did so good but we were really tired,” said Clara. “I think part of the reason we did so good was that we were just out there having fun, we joke around.Ruby and I are both so sarcastic.” “Tennis can be really frustrating sometimes because it would be so quiet so, Clara and I would have to try to livin' it up a bit,” said Ruby. “Sometimes all you would hear would be the tennis ball and us laughing,” said Clara.
During the Tennis season Ruby and Clara learned to hold each other accountable on and off the court. “Our Coach can’t talk to us during matches so, Clara would help me with my serve by telling me to toss the ball up higher,” said Ruby. “And Ruby would have to tell me to watch the ball because my head is always up in the clouds,” said Clara. “We also realized that we really balance each other out well. When I was frustrated she was in a good mood and when she was frustrated I was in a good mood. I think it's like that in life too,” added Clara. Tennis at ACA brought Ruby and Clara closer than they had ever imagined. “Ruby is like my Asian sister, we would call each other twins within the first couple practices, and I was like yeah, you can't tell the difference,” said Clara.