The first China lesson we learned was that contracts are not worth the paper that they are written on.
Our (ex) landlord just merrily informed our relocation agent that he decided to rent to somebody else, and so we can't move in any more, after all our planning and arrangements (even our Economist subscription has been changed!) revolved around his appartment.
I was mad. So mad. then kinda philosophical about it. At least we now know that he is evil before we started living in his house. It just means we are back to appartment hunting again, which totally sucks. So I was feeling abit sorry for myself because I have to be a single parent (Fabien is travelling this week) and look for an appartment as well.
Then I got news from Caroline - one of my oldest friends from Singapore (we were best friends in primary school!).
Her son Joshua was born 3 weeks before Sophie, and we had been in regular contact via email and skype. Then she moved back to LA and there was radio silence, so after a respectable settling in time, I emailed her to ask why she's been so quiet. Then she told me that her son got Kawasaki Disease, and they spent a long time in the hospital with him, and now they are taking care of him at home.
And then I felt like my problems were so trivial and insignificant.
It is for moments like these - with my darling, her daddy and duck, that I feel like the luckiest person in the world.
i am truly blessed and for this I am thankful.