Ultimate Patience Maker

I am now convinced after 9 months of living in this country that it is absolutely…





to do anything quickly here.

In the beginning I just assumed that it was because I had to learn how to get around, how to find things, and how to communicate what I needed with the huge language barrier.

And I was right.

It does take time, lots of it, to figure those things out. At this point though, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. And yet. It still takes no less than an afternoon to accomplish a simple task like picking up a new computer cord.

I knew where I was going. I found a place that could get me what I needed in record time. Pretty much a miracle considering I was on San Hao St (aka. Computer Street) that has every computer component you could possible need, but usually takes several frustrating hours to find something specific.

I communicated what I needed successfully.
Using my little bit of Mandarin, I explained that I wanted a replacement charger cord for the hubby’s computer. I had the new one in my hand within 15 minutes.

At this point, I was getting a little cocky. Already proud of what I’d accomplished and thinking to myself, “This is going to be a new record!”

Then I asked for a receipt…

It took 35 minutes and a courier to get me a piece of paper.

Lest you think I’m complaining… I’m really not. Let me explain. I’m thankful for these experiences. I truly am. It’s a good thing.

We could all use a little more patience in our lives.

And by the time I Ieave the ‘Ultimate Patience Maker’, I fully expect to be the



2 thoughts on “Ultimate Patience Maker

  1. Boy, oh Boy, can we empathize with your post today! We are less than 3 months in to our adventure in Nanjing, China. An adventure of a lifetime, that’s for sure. (expats from Detroit, Michigan.) I have two quotes that have gotten us through. “If you get two things accomplished in a day, it’s been a good day, if you get three things done in a day, it’s been a FANTASTIC day!” ALSO…..”Everything is more difficult/harder in China!” We’re on your side,
    Hugs from the other side of the Middle Kingdom! DivaMomCarol

    • Hello DivaMomCarol from a fellow metro Detroiter. I just accepted a 2 year asignment in Dalian staring the end of July.