Monday, August 24, 2009

good stuff

The little ladies and I went on a sanity adventure this morning. That is, it was getting out of the house for the sake of our sanity. Sometimes, a mom just has to do that!

Over the last few days, unfortunate and possibly awful things have gone down with some of our fellow laborers, and Matt had a lot to do… I have been feeling sorry for myself, ‘cause I JUST WANT TO GO HOME TO AMERICA! And Zoe and Esther are wearing me out! And… blah blah blah.

In the light of these other things going on, you’d THINK I would be all super duper spiritual, and be thankful, and content, and more like Pollyanna. You’d THINK I would be so happy that I get to go visit America soon, I would shut up and enjoy my last days at “home” before we go! But I am ashamed to say, I haven’t been. Boo, Hallie!

All that said, this is a good day to say a couple of positive things about China.

The guy who delivers our water is really kind. He puts up with my bumbling attempts at speaking to him, and follows my pointing finger to where I want him to put the big water jugs. He always carefully slides paper slippers over his shoes before he comes in, even though he is only going into my nasty kitchen. I am sure he leaves with more dirt than he brings in.

Our tailor. A brilliant man. I seriously wish we could get him a modern sewing machine. He works magic with his, don’t get me wrong, but a guys like him deserves a machine that was made in the last 20 years.

This is why he rocks. When I ask him to hem a pair of pants, he uses, wait for it, THE SAME COLOR OF THREAD AS THE REST OF THE GARMENT HAS!!!! I KNOW, CRAZY!!! If you are trying on a Chinese style shirt, and it is too big, and you pull the fabric in to show him how much smaller it needs to be, he TOTALLY figures out what you mean. And then measures, and does it. No Chinese words necessary.

The only problem is how exspensive he is. Matt’s jeans, that he has been wearing at 5 inches too long for the last 2 year cost 50 cents to get hemmed. I know. A total rip off.


Dot Garlow said...

I feel your pain. I was there with Matt at SIAS. I had no kids with me so I fared better in the frustration range. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and payday will come one day. You are a hero. Tell Matt I said hi.

eyes2zion2 said...

i would think you were lying if you acted like Pollyanna! You are real and you are amazing! You are honest and i love you for it!!!

Cant wait to see you

Heather Ziebart said...

Dont future events always seem to cloud out the last days preceeding them? So excited that you got to get out with the ladies... I know you will miss your home.