“Walk faster, walk faster… hurry up before you have to wait, the next train won’t come for another TEN WHOLE MINUTES!!!”
It’s amazing to me how ten minutes can be such a huge issue to so many of our 7 million neighbors here in Hong Kong. For me, it hasn’t gotten to that point yet. I am walking faster though, and I do marvel with delight when I miss a train and the next is only TWO minutes behind! How our Father has a sense of humor! It took me years to stop rushing around, learning to be content with the slower pace of our ‘normal’ life in Nor. Cal. Not so rushed as So. Cal… not so into the glitz and glam or the name brands. Certainly we loved our coffee, but not nearly enough to have a Starbucks on 3 out 4 corners in an intersection (ie. NYC) – A lifetime of ‘small town’ living (can we still call Sacto & Elk Grove small towns??), only to find myself now living in this rush rush, hurry hurry city filled with a grand mix of the rich and stylish or the poor and dirty (neither were in abundance back ‘home’) – Mind you, these folks are rushing in suits/ties and 3-4 inch heals while I am falling behind with my ‘running’ shoes on… I definitely have some new things to learn!
We may not have settled into our ‘normal routine’ yet, especially not with homeschool… However, below are a few pics of our recent daily ‘workout routine’. We took 2 trains, a mini-bus and then walked about a mile to meet some of Mark’s relatives for dinner. On the way, we had many obstacles including a broken escalator in the MTR station (can you say JAM PACKED?!). Next we came upon a new way to cross the street, by way of several spiral ramps (felt like we were exiting the freeway on foot!), overpass walkways and double flights of stairs… So glad we are not alone in this new land, we have the Holy Spirit as our ‘personal trainer’, for we must always have our feet firmly planted wherever we go!
After the workout, we sat and visited with our ‘new to us’ family, the food was ‘Chinesey’, as the kids would say, and therefore very good!!! With our bellies full, we set off on our mile trek towards the station with the fading sun reminding us to hurry once again… why? Because we like to get the kids on the train before everyone else gets off work (around 6pm) and crams their way onto the subway, high heels, briefcases and all! – Snagging a seat for the often 45m train ride in such moments can be quite a challenge! Don’t get me wrong, we really don’t mind the long journeys – how else would we get to spend so much time people watching if not for the daily train rides – and the kids use the time to read, read, read! The workout isn’t all bad either, I’ve had either frozen yogurt, chocolate, or Starbucks WITH whip at least once/wk since being here – and I’ve still lost over 5#, even with all the extra travel to Thailand and the stress of moving… not to mention ALL the lovely food here that I eat without ANY guilt whatsoever!
Until next time friends, remember to bloom where you’re planted and strengthen your roots with good soil! (1 Corinthians 7:17-24, Jeremiah 29:1-14, 1 Corinthians 12:18, Ezekiel 17:8, Psalm 1:3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Mathew 13:1-23)