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My Utmost Respect

August 31, 2018 — 1 Comment

Respect, for me, is something that isn’t freely given away — it is earned by someone. Today, I decided to write about someone that has earned my respect. Would you care to meet her?

This is one of my earliest photos of a lady that two friends of mine introduced me to in the city where the university is when I taught in China. One of my friends literally found her dumpster-diving in the apartment complex where she lived. She asked the lady about her dumpster-diving, and heard an amazing story.

The Chinese lady, Mrs. Xu (pictured above), told my friend that her husband died in a construction accident after he fell from the 6th floor of a building that was being constructed. They had 2 children, both of them girls; so since Mrs. Xu hadn’t blessed the in-laws with a grandson, they completely ignored her and her 2 daughters. The girls were young and, to save any money they could, the 3 of them lived in an approximately 10-foot-by-8-foot concrete shed. It had no water, electricity, or heat. They only had one cot, so they would take turns sleeping on it.

My friend invited Mrs. Xu to her apartment to give the family some blankets, and when Mrs. Xu entered the apartment she began to cry. My friend asked her if she was okay, and Mrs. Xu said, “Yes, and please don’t take this the wrong way, but your dog lives a better life than I do.”

Once I met Mrs. Xu, Global Partners in Life started supporting her and her daughters immediately. One of the first things we did was to help them afford an apartment. Also, to save money, Mrs. Xu wasn’t taking her medication, so we covered that expense also.

Through your contributions to Global Partners in Life, this family has remained united! You helped them to have an apartment to call home, with utilities! They have food to eat and warm clothes to wear. Also, Mrs. Xu’s health has improved with her consistently taking her medicine! I have nothing but respect for how Mrs. Xu was willing to do all she could for her daughters, even putting her health at risk.

Thanks so much for helping my special friend in China!

During my most recent trip to China, I had a friend with me. We had taken a night train into Beijing, and we went directly from the train station to the hotel where we had our reservations. When we arrived at the hotel, it was approximately 8 AM, so no rooms were available for us — but we were assured that some would be ready by 10:30.

There was a good area nearby for us to walk to where we could grab a bite and sit outside to enjoy the beautiful day. While we were sitting outside, there were others that joined us in the shaded area, and then one tough guy did something that surprised me. Would you like to see what he did?

This Should be a Scene in a Tough Guy Movie

This tough guy was sitting there having a conversation with his friends, and he pulls out a razor and starts to give himself a shave! He didn’t have any water or anything else to moisten his face; he just did a dry shave with a razor!

This Should be a Scene in a Tough Guy Movie

His friends continued their conversation like this was their normal routine. I wonder if he has ever cut his hand by reaching into his pocket, forgetting he had his razor there.

This Should be a Scene in a Tough Guy Movie

This would have been a little more understandable if the man had been using an electric razor, but he wasn’t. To make this a little humorous, we were about 25 yards from a store where he could have purchased shaving cream! Oh well, I guess I can add this tough guy to the list of interesting things I have seen while traveling in China.

For those of you with a thick beard, I wouldn’t suggest trying this!