Greetings From China

From my hometown Suzhou, China, I would like wish my family and your family in the US  M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S !!!

I am in China for three weeks. I made the unplanned trip to visit my mom who was in the hospital for almost one month. She was in critical condition with heart and kidney failure due to complications from diabetics, high blood pressure and low heart beat.

My 78 year old father took care of my mother day and night in the hospital, with help from my brother. It was hard for me to be far away from my parents and felt helpless.

My mother was discharged from the hospital one day before I arrived home on Dec. 8. She is recovering well.

Even though I wished I had come home a little earlier to be a help for my parents while help was most needed, I am glad I can be home now. I treasure the quiet time I get to spend with my parents.

Every day I am with my parents is an ordinary day. I am living in a slow motion mode here. My day usually goes like this – Get up, breakfast, grocery shopping, lunch, dinner, go online checking emails, and then go to bed.

No stress, no driving, no snow. Good food, better health. Life is quiet, peaceful and good for now.

But life is getting harder for my parents as they get older.

They are glad to have me home for three weeks. This is the longest time I get to spend with them alone since I left China for Germany 25 years ago in 1986. I know it will be hard for them to see me leave again in a few days. And it will be hard for me to leave them behind, not knowing when we will see each other again.

China is 14 hours ahead of US (CT). Christmas is over. We don’t celebrate Christmas here. But for me, this is one of my most memorable Christmas. Having the opportunity and time to be with my parents is my best Christmas present this year.

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.