Winter: The Masks Are Out!
Last week, just as we were leaving for church, we looked outside and saw the grey-ish brown blanket that was laying over the city. Ewww… pollution is not something I like to think about, but OH BOY, it has been affecting me quite badly recently. For a long time, I never took much note of it. While I was pregnant I could smell it, but before and after that, I have never really “felt” the pollution that much.
On our way back from South Africa, in July, Eli caught a nasty flu. It then moved onto me! About two weeks later, when I thought I was better, I was doing a photoshoot on the beach, and I got wet. That evening I began to feel sick again. For weeks after that, I suffered with awful bronchitis. Since then, even if the air is slightly bad, I FEEL IT! My head hurts, my chest aches, and I cough up balls of phlegm. All of this makes me really sad because we have a great life here. It reminds me that soon we need to start thinking of what our new adventure will be!
I don’t like harping on negatives… but the pollution sure does make me sad.
A small silver lining is that Eli will FINALLY keep an air-filter mask on his face now. During the previous winters he would pull it straight off as soon as we tried to put it on him.
The truth is: We don’t go out much in winter. I only exercise indoors, I work from home, and we live a beautifully decorated clean air bubble in which we can escape the harsh reality of the dirty air outside. Thankfully, this bad air is only this bad in the middle of the winter. In fact, the worst of it hasn’t even arrived yet. This particular Sunday morning was quite bad, but the next day was much better. For the first time, in all of our years in China, we won’t be here for Christmas. We are not quite sure whether we will be traveling during the Chinese New Year though, so we might actually be here allllll the way through January and February! I can’t even imagine….
This is what a high pollution day looks like:
If you have been following out blog for a few years, then you’ll remember that horrible winter we had while I was pregnant with Eli. There were many days where we couldn’t even see the ground from our apartment on the 24th floor. Crazy!
Our friend, Sarrah, slept over on the Saturday evening and we worked out together in the morning. While I was jogging on the treadmill, Justin and Sarrah did some planks. Aren’t we a healthy/ fit bunch!?!
On our way to church we saw some pretty fall leaves that are still hanging around. There are a few trees that have only started to change in the last week. On a polluted day, they help me to look around and appreciate the beauty.
It’s just a season, and it will pass.
Winter isn’t our favorite season anyway, so I guess while we are hiding from the cold, we can also be hiding from the pollution. I often wonder when we will know that we are in our final winter here. Will it change how we view the pollution that year? I sure do view it differently this year, because I can actually feel the effects of it. People who really don’t care about the pollution probably don’t feel it at all, and therefore find it easy to ignore.
This is a good time to go day-dream about the beach that I will be laying on next week this time….