I probably should be sleeping now, but I can’t seem to see much of a difference between five and six hours of sleep. Today is my last full day in America for some time, most likely until the beginning of June. I can’t say I’m crazy about the 20+ hour flight into China, but I am excited about the prospect of finally entering China itself. Apparently, I have the unmitigated pleasure of a 2-hour layover in LA and a 5-hour layover in Shanghai. I would be delighted if I could get some sleep then, but I expect that will probably not happen.
As the departure date has gradually arrived, I have thought about some aspects of American life I will miss in China. No predominantly English-speaking communities. No unrestricted access to the Internet. No family or relatives living in China. And sadly, no fortune cookies in China either. But on the other hand, China does have its appealing factors. Thriving urban communities, muli-cultural venues, a non-American worldview, and the teeming masses of Chinese people themselves. Yes, I will miss parts of the American lifestyle, but I will also enjoy experiencing the lifestyle of the Chinese people.
Well, I probably should try to sleep a little bit tonight, or I could watch one or two movies and pull an all-nighter. I’ll save the all-nighter for another day. Once again, I thank God for His provision so far and look forward to a lengthy stay in China. I guess my only minimal concern is avoiding the fee for overweight baggage. (My one suitcase weighs about 56lbs., which is 6 pounds more than it should be.) I figure if I grovel at the feet of the inspectors, they will feel inclined to overlook the weight violation. Or maybe they won’t even care, but that’s probably an unreasonable expectation. Regardless, I still do plan to fly to China tomorrow, overweight baggage included, and I thank all of you for your prayers and support.