Archive for December, 2011

Bye OU

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Shixiong arrived on a late afternoon flight and we went straight to the restaurant (after several wrong turns — my bad). We invited two professors, a visiting scholar, and my neighbors for a farewell dinner at Asian Buffet. It was a bittersweet goodbye that was filled with blessings and good wishes. I can’t think of a better ending to a shortened stay in Oklahoma. Here is a memory of the wonderful final get-together.

asian buffet dinner

That evening, we moved some furniture over to the apartment next door. I was glad to part in good terms with Dr. Beach the night before I left. In fact, she had asked to be kept abreast of what happens in the future. I’m thankful for this extension of grace since I am leaving in such an unconventional fashion.

dr beach

That morning, my neighbor got up early to make breakfast for us before we left for the road trip. She brought the dishes over as we got ready to pack up the car. Since my fridge was empty and my cupboards were bare, it was nice of her to serve us in this way. We were certainly full and satisfied by the time we got on the road.

big breakfast

One last picture with Chen Rong, my neighbor in OU Kraettli.

chen rong

Whirlwind Ending

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Besides finishing make-up papers and two term papers, I had to complete about eight transcriptions. As I prepare to leave my graduate studies, it looks more like a whirlwind ending than a slow phasing out — more like a bang rather than a whimper. I needed to pack, give away unused groceries, and plan for the three-day road trip. But first, I had to cram for the transcription job that I had to finish for my graduate assistant job. I woke up at 7 a.m. to start and did not get done until about 4 p.m. that afternoon. It was a most grueling task, but I’m glad that it is all over and I don’t have to do it again.


Sunday Night

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Tonight was the final evening that I had some alone time with Teacher He. We went shopping at Sooner Mall for some Christmas gifts. She managed to convince me to buy some nice things for myself. Then, she asked me to stay for dinner so she can cook for me one last time. It was a special time for us since we knew it would be a while before we saw each other again. I am really hoping to visit her when I go to Kunming someday. There are times when the Lord allows us to cross paths with some special people, and she is one of them!

teacher he