A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Sometimes there are just days where you HAVE to sit and write about it before you go to sleep, no matter how exhausted you are. Honestly, every day should be like that. I want to do better. I will start now.
Today, Claire and I met her new Chinese tutor. Wow. She is going to be AWESOME!! We chatted for 2 hours--and it was wonderful! She will be wonderful for Claire and I think Claire will just love taking Chinese classes! This will be so good for her!
Later, Nadine and her kiddos came to visit us! Yay! Except that Nadine was sick...AND a few blocks from our place they got in a car accident in their rental car! Ugh! So while the kids all played, Nadine sat on the phone trying to figure out what to do...and finally had to leave to take care of things. I'm glad the kids were here to play instead of just sitting around. And I'm glad it happened here right by the rental place instead of in WV where they'd have to travel for 2+ hours to return it. Not the best day for them...
But the most memorable part of our day today was this evening when we went to the grocery store. The kids and I had sat down and wrote out a very exact menu for the week--each one of us took a day and decided on breakfast, lunch and dinner. So we went to the store, I gave them their menu, and they went around the store and bought the things they needed for their meals! It was SO COOL! They did really well--for the most part. Of course, Josh decided he needed to have salmon for dinner on his day. Whatever. And most of what the kids chose were pasta based or from the freezer section, but that's ok. We're on 'vacation' in America!! We're trying to eat the foods we've missed so much (except for me--I'm doing good). Well, we filled our cart well...and then ran into a problem. The credit card was not accepted. I tried twice and it wasn't approved. Great. So I left the kids in the store and ran outside to call the CC company (the store is in the basement of a large office building, so there wasn't any cell phone reception in there). I was so upset! This is, I kid you not, the FIFTH time this has happened THIS WEEK. Seriously, people--I just want to buy some food!!! Devin's card was locked out on Friday when he tried to put the rental car on his credit card. I called on our way to Ohio to try to clear it up, but we ran into some problems. I was calling from a phone number that wasn't on the approved number list, so they couldn't verify I was who I said I was. So they tried to send a verification code to my phone, but it never ever arrived. Then they said they were going to send a verification code to the email, and that when Dev got it, he should call them back and take care of it. I asked if my card was still ok, and they said that it was. Our weekend, unfortunately, was super-ultra-mega busy, and it completely slipped our minds. Fast forward to today, as I'm standing outside on the sidewalk in DC, with my kids all standing together by our shopping cart full of food inside the store, waiting on hold for 20 minutes...and I ask the guy what's up, and he says that because Devin never cleared his card up, and our cards are linked, they had to lock us both out! GAH!!! How much I would love to go back to cash only...but our bank hates us and won't let us use our debit card, so I can't even get any cash! All I have is my credit card...and Devin left last night to go to West Virginia for the entire week for training, so I'm all alone! With no food! And the only way I can get the credit card to be fixed is to have Devin call them and clear up all his flags. I felt really bad for the poor guy on the other end, as I know he hated having to tell me there was nothing I could do, and I was just sobbing. So, I walked back into the store in tears, and told the kids and the cashier that there was nothing the CC company could do until my husband called them and cleared it all up, so I was stuck! I felt SO bad that I had this cart full of food all bagged, and now they would have to put it all away. I asked if we could put it all back for them...and instead, the manager asked me what I needed tonight. I told her no way--we'd survive tonight and just come back tomorrow when it was all cleared up, but she would NOT take no for an answer! She and one of the cashiers bought almost half our groceries for us, and even handed me a $20 bill! I didn't even know what to do about that--holy cow!! These two ladies spent well over $100 on someone they had never ever met before. I'm still in shock--I wish there were something special I could do for them--something that they need that I could provide for them...maybe they just needed to serve today, and I needed to be served. I don't know, but it definitely restores faith in humanity when someone does something like that--something so unexpected and selfless. There aren't words. Someone was there when I needed them. That is what life is all about.
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