Package Delight │Life in China
During the years that we have lived in China, we have grown more an more self-reliant each year. We used to need help for EVERYTHING! Moving to a country where you don’t speak the local language is extremely challenging. But with patience and time, you adapt. In the beginning, we didn’t even know how to order fresh jugs of water, and here we are today, able to plan parties, buy clothes, and order food online. Everything is brought to us, and even if it isn’t delivered directly to our front door, we are able to pick it up from the office downstairs.
A few months ago, this large green “Hive Box” was installed in the courtyard below our building. I can see it from my dining room and kitchen windows. It is made up of a variety of different sized compartments, and they are all connected to an electronic system. When the delivery man puts a package into one of the compartments, he sends a text message, with a 6-digit code, to the recipient. Sometimes Justin will send me the code, or he will pick up the packages on his way home. When I am party planning, or working on a craft project, there will be multiple packages arriving each day. Even though the packages are small, and the contents were ordered by us, it always seems exciting to get them!
The latest thrill is seeing Elijah’s joy in retrieving these packages.
This is How it Goes…
We read the code to him, and he types it in, using the touch-screen. If he makes a mistake we have to start all over again, but even those moments are cute because he says “oosee” (oopsy).
When the code has been entered, we step back and wait for one of the doors to open. It only takes a few seconds, but somehow this kid builds up quite an anticipation. He clenches his fists and makes a high pitched squeal as the appropriate door pops open.
When the door is open, he reaches towards it to take the package out. Some of the doors are high up, so we have to lift him to take the packages out. Others are low enough for him to stand next to it, and remove the packages himself.
Since we usually have a number of packages arriving at one time, he gets to do this over and over again!
Of course, disappointment sets in when we are done…
He then attempts to carry home as many packages as he can. He starts running across the courtyard with about three, but he only has one or two when he gets to the stairs. Of course, being Eli means NEVER putting down the small toy in your hand, so he will try to carry the packages and hold onto his toy at the same time.
Here he has an elephant, and a narrow box… Look how proud he is of himself!
(Notice dad in the background, carrying the jogging stroller up the stairs.)
And there you have it… It’s not just us that gets excited when packages to arrive. Eli thinks that it is pretty darn amazing too!
Just another day of adventure and excitement in the Life of The Essers.