Our wonderful visit with our son came to an end this morning. We took him to the airport for his 6am flight.
To get back to Shanghai, he has to fly from:
- Fort Smith to Dallas/Fort Worth
- Dallas/Fort Worth to Houston
- Houston to Los Angeles
- Los Angeles to Shanghai
Since we had to get up at 4am, we basically didn’t sleep last night. We tried, but each of us, for different reasons, ended up downstairs.
He left at 6am today (Tuesday) and will be flying for approximately 30 hours – including layovers. WHEW! When he gets there, he’ll qualify for another 90 days in China on his multiple-entry visa.
We had SUCH a wonderful week with him! He replenished my ‘Hugs Bucket,’ – a difficult task, since I’m a very greedy lady. He was so generous. I hope I filled HIS, too…
He is determined to stay until he feels ‘fluent’ in reading, writing, and speaking Mandarin. He will look for a part-time job there soon to make his money last as long as possible.
While he’s gone, we’ll communicate through Pidgin Chat, Google Talk, email, blogs, carrier pigeons and smoke signals. :0) We’re lucky he’s a GREAT communicator and set a lot of ways we could stay in touch.
He’s learning to love the food there, though he appreciates it when the restaurant has a brochure he can take home and study so he doesn’t have to point and say, “I want THAT.” (He brought us some walnuts in packages that are very tasty.)
He’s learned to navigate the subway system in Shanghai. In order to get to his apartment from the airport, he needs to change subways twice. He says he’s only gotten to sit down on the subway once in the 90 days he’s been there. Either it’s so crowded there’s no hope of finding a seat, or someone older than he gets on, and he feels they should have any open seat.
His apartment is on the 7th floor of a building, and his Mandarin school is on the 15th floor of a building several subway stops away. He WALKS up and down to each of these…
I look forward to his blog, where he shares pictures of places and people he’s seeing there. He has a great sense of humor, and makes me laugh often.
Though I’m selfishly sad he’s gone again, I admire what he’s trying to do.
Please wish him luck!