Tianjin, we missed you

I walk into our old neighbourhood to get my bike out of the bike park where it’s been stored the last eight months, and Dà​niáng​ is sitting outside our old stairwell just like she always does. The Chinese gourd vines she’s planted cover the entrance and reach up to the third floor. She doesn’t recognize me until I smile and wave.

“Oh, it’s you! You’ve come back!”

“Yeah, we’ve come back!”

“Ha, at first I didn’t recognize you; you have a beard now, and also foreigners all look the same.”

“Yeah, I know, we’re all chàbuduō

Ah, Tianjin. It’s good to be back.

2 thoughts on “Tianjin, we missed you”

  1. I’m so glad you guys are back! I’ve been on China Hope Live withdrawal for the past few months. Please resume normal programming soon.

    More importantly, hope the baby’s doing well and adjusting well! : )

  2. I’m glad you’re back to where your hearts were anxiously waiting for you as you were away. May you be used for great good.

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