Strangers on the Bus
Last week, with LOADS of printing to do (I think roughly five projects worth), Eli and I did a little errand morning. Thankfully, this wasn’t one of those days where we had to do a million little stop-offs, but the sheer amount of printing I had to do was enough to have my praying. I needed most of the prints THAT DAY, and I couldn’t face being turned away.
You see, sometimes a foreign face can be overwhelming to a timid local. I have often been pushed to the side because someone didn’t know how to talk to me… or didn’t want to face the awful use of a translator to communicate. Of course, this is a daily battle for me, so it doesn’t bother me much at all. I am pretty used to now knowing what is going on, but I do understand how it can be too much for a local.
Eli chose bread for a snack, so we stopped in at our local bakery to grab a snack before jumping onto the bus. I love that the bus stop is right outside our complex gate. So convenient!
Holding Hands with a Stranger
This sweet lady was completely memorized by Eli. She sat next to him for a while, but then moved to a lower seat so that she could hold his hand an look more closely at him. Seriously – I’m not kidding, this is our life here!!! The funniest part is that my kid fits it all so perfectly. He never pulled his hand away, or got upset with her. Whens he asked how old he was, I answered in English so he knew what wad going on. He showed her three fingers. [Side note: Oh my gosh, we are halfway to four already!!]
When we arrived at the print store (the orange storefront at the end of this line of stores), I was praying that someone kind and patient would be there to help me.
The same kind girl that helped me last time, was pushed to the front of store when they others saw me come in. Oh gosh – I am getting a reputation here. I was thankful to see this girl because she isn’t afraid to use her hands, and Baidu translate, to talk to me. Everything went smoothly, but because of the paper I needed, and the amount of prints i had to get done, we were there for over an hour.
Eli sat at the counter for a while, and then moved to a large table by the door. Look at him building a puzzle without a worry in the world! He got to open one early present from the box that arrived from Texas. He LOVVVVES his Paw Patrol puzzle, and he can do it all by himself. It came in a cute travel size metal box, so he put it into his backpack to bring along. This kid!
Tired and Ready for Lunch
One our way home, the bus was a lot more full but Eli got a seat. I took for a while, and when another seat opened up, I went to sit down. I love how independent Eli is now. Three years old is just amazing… he is his own little person, and I can sit in my own chair without worrying that he is about to fall of his!
We stopped in at our favorite little grubby baozi store to get some lunch before heading up to our apartment. As usual, Eli had three small bread pockets filled with meat, and I had three Chinese tea eggs. More and more he wants my eggs, and eventually I will phase this bread-source out of his diet. But for now, man, it is so easy… especially during/ after running errands.
A successful errand run, and a blessed morning with my boy.