This week we borrowed a portable heater from the Mosby’s, who already have their heating turned on, and we have been sitting with it close to our legs to try and keep warm. We have not yet gone out and bought more heaters because we are still hanging on the slim chance that we will meet “someone who knows someone” who can help get our heating turned on. This is China after all, the country where you can get practical anything done if you know the right person, and you are willing to pay up. This certainly is not our fault, but for the sake of our sanity, we are prepared to pay a penalty for our landlords negligence. Of course, she speaks no English, so we can’t call her and tell her what we think of this situation. Anything we want said has to go through someone else, and along the way, our strong dissatisfaction is simply lost in translation.
I figure that Justin and I will probably be so cold in here that we will WANT to go to school, or visit other people who have heating, just to escape the ice box that our home will soon become. If it gets cold enough to see our breathe inside the house, we are taking unpaid leave and flying somewhere warm. Well, for now that’s what we tell ourselves to make it seem okay. If you dangle a potential holiday in front of us, we are more inclined to push through a situation that we normally wouldn’t. So whenever we are cold now… we will think of tropical islands, beaches, sun, and warm sand between our toes.
The reality of it all is that we NEED heat, and we really would prefer to have the central heating over buying four heaters to heat each portion of the apartment. Sitting close to the heater warms me up but also makes me feel sick and want to gag, yet moving a decent distance from it leaves me shivering and blue. Please pray that we meet some amazing person with the connection that we need… It just seems so simple. Come service our apartment now, we will pay the fine, and then you give us heating.
Warm prayers would be appreciated!
Texas and Africa DON’T deal well with this type of cold!!!