Last night on August 16, this morning for you, Ben became a dad. And like dads anywhere in the world, he’s very happy and proud.
He drove me to the medical clinic yesterday and while I was in there for 1 1/2 hours he was on the phone with his wife who had gone into labor. He was probably wondering what the heck was taking so long and why did the American get sick so soon after arriving in China anyway. Oh no, Ben was working to find a replacement driver for us because we had dinner plans – Hello T.
Ben was on the phone when I finally got out of the clinic and he stopped to ask how I was feeling and if I was OK. Not “Hurry up, my wife is in labor,” or ” Quick I have to drive to the hospital,” or “What took you so darn long I need to make tracks.” It was, “Everything OK, you feel better?” As it turns out he was on the phone with D, Anders’ admin. They were trying to find a driver. He handed the phone to me because D was worried about me as well. It was nice to know that they were concerned.
Evidently all afternoon Ben was tracking down a driver, which he did, and as it turns out he’s a very good friend of Ben’s. Do you know how difficult it is for me to sit in a car with another human being and not be able to talk? I can’t do it. But E had pretty good English skills and was very nice.
After a delicious dinner at a Turkish restaurant, I knew that T would appreciate a break from Chinese fare, we were on our way back to our “bubble”. On the way, Anders got a text saying that Ben couldn’t find a driver to take him to work so he was going to do it. The dedication of these people is amazing and humbling. They don’t get paid much AT ALL yet they give 110%. Around 10 Ben called us to tell share the news that he had a daughter. He was giddy on the phone. I can’t tell you how good it makes us feel to know that the driver we have only known for 2 weeks was compelled to share his announcement with us.
Yep, at 8 this morning Ben was outside the apartment waiting to take Anders to work. I went down with him to offer my congratulations in person and the real reason was to see a picture of the little one and she ain’t that little. Of course she has a ton of black hair and was all swaddled up and just looked adorable. When I commented on her hair he told us that one of her fingernails was very long. I’m sure that means good fortune or something grand in the Chinese culture. He told us her name but I have no idea whatsoever how to spell it but it sounded like “sing.” Ben said it’s a feeling (one of his favorite expressions) of being very, very happy.
Yeah, he’s a proud ba.
PS – and only because I know that S will want to know, I had a UTI. Nothing serious but I knew I needed an antibiotic so that’s the only reason I went to the doctor. Anders and the kids know that I only go to the doctor when I have no other choice and the fact that I’ve only been here 2 weeks just galls me.
9AM – 88 degrees UGH!