It's just me in China

July 28, 2011 - Suzhou, China

It was a tough evening last night packing everyone up and then heading to the airport at 5:30 am this morning.  Saying good-bye to Jamie, Nick and Ali was difficult and sad - to see our great summer adventure come to a close.  After our good-byes, it was off to work which was probably a good thing to avoid thinking about how much I'm going to miss them (which I did throughout the day anyway).  During English corner, I was able to "donate" to the Company two tennis raquets, ping pong paddles and basketballs, some squirt guns, a Nerf football and a size 41 pair of knock-off Nikes that Nick purchased and then realized how uncomfortable they were (the company cleaning lady took them for her husband, with a smile).  These new toys were greatly appreciated and I'm sure will go to great use.

The toughest part of the day was when I came back to the Howard Johnson to our very quiet and empty 3-bedroom apartment.  I really felt alone and a bit "antsy" with no one to talk to and nothing to really do - even watching our 3 channels without the kids was a bit weird.  I'm now glad to be moving to a different hotel that is closer to the office because I really liked our place with everyone and not just me.  We really had a way of relying on one another which was great.  Of course, I then realized that I forgot my computer power cord as I used Jamie's every night so I need to make sure I have enough battery left to Skype home in the morning to make sure they have arrived and are enjoying every last bit of their BBQ so gratiously provided by our friends.  I began to upload a few pictures of "things remembered" but it was using too much battery life so I'll complete the album tomorrow.  We do have a lot of great photos!

So now it is time to really get to work and sort things out here.  I leave this Sunday for Taipei to spend a few days in our office there and look forward to seeing our Taiwanese employees (not to mention the great food and night market).  I may also travel to central China in mid-August to meet up with our Licensee from the UK for a project they are quoting.  The rest of the time will be spent trying to make some sort of impact on our young organization and hope that a few things will stick around long after my departure (or as Ali would put it - see you in 3 weeks).....

I'll feel better once I know they have all landed and are safe at home playing with Yo Yo !!  Until next time, Deb


Pictures

Country Club Pool
Country Club Patio
Tennis Coach
 
 

6 Comments

Paula:
July 28, 2011
Yo Yo must know they are on their way as she is jumping extra high this morning. I was making John breakfast to send him off to work when he came in and said, "You need to change my diet to what Yo Yo eats." She is amazing!!!
marcella:
July 28, 2011
That entry was a bit of a tear jerker! Hang in there and I bet the time will fly. Think of how nice it is to have some alone time...I'd give a lot of dough for some qaulity alone time :) Miss you. Looking forward to seeing the kids and Jamie.
July 28, 2011
Deb, I commented this morning to your blog but maybe I forgot to hit submit?? I felt sad for you being alone but your weeks ahead seem pretty full. Have good travels to Taiwan and beyond.We believe you are making great advances in Anguil Asia. I just spoke to Jamie and they were leaving Detroit after an hour delay. She is very tired but happy to be almost home. Take care love, we miss you. Mom
Sara B.:
July 28, 2011
Deb, I hope the time passes quickly for you. You sound lonely and I am sure your family misses you just as much. Can't wait to see the pictures as all of the ones you have posted so far have been fun to view. Safe travels!
Barbara:
July 29, 2011
Deb you are a remarkable person, taking on this tremendous task for the Anguil company...it seems like your stay in China has been truly an asset for the company I know your parents are very proud of you, as well as your family and friends.....love ya
Cathy Shaw:
August 1, 2011
I loved reading your journal throughout your trip. What an amazing experience. You have given your children the gift of the world, it is now wide open to them. No barriers...language, culture or distance. So proud of you all for your spirit of adventure and down right bravery! Deb keep the updates coming. Thinking of you and looking forward to seeing you all together soon! We will see J, N, and A in the hood very soon! Thanks for sharing your experience!
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