Green, Line 2


The Subway

It appears that I am the only fair skinned person on this fast moving train and I assume not too many of these people speak my language.  Wait, there is a fair skinned man on the opposite end of the train wearing an “I walked the Golden Gate Bridge” t-shirt.  Surely, he can speak English.  I made my way toward him on the VERY crowded subway with Prada in tow.  I finally was within 3 feet of him when the train stopped, door opened and he walked off!!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!   Come back!  I need you fair skinned man in the Golden Gate t-shirt!  SLAM! The door closed, and we took off lickety split before I could grab hold of the pole to keep upright! I did manage to remain on my feet but didn’t manage to find out how to navigate this train.

Ok, before I got on, my friend said, “Just count.”  Count what??  The only time I had been on a subway before was with Mr. Foyil and Mrs. Hendrick on our Washington D.C. trips, and they did all the important stuff, I just followed along.  Now I had no one to follow, and I had to be responsible for getting myself home because nobody else was around to help.  Did I mention I didn’t have my phone or handy little Chinese translation book either?  Oh boy, does life ever suck right now!!!

Ok, back to this counting thing.  Hmmm.  Just count the stops.  Ok, what does that mean? I noticed I was on the green line, line 2.  I got on at People’s Square and it looked as though I might be heading in the right direction.  I remember some people talking about how our living quarters weren’t far from the Science and Technology Museum, and the only other landmarks I knew of were Century Park and the apartments with all the laundry hanging outside.  But those apartments are everywhere, so cross that one off the list!!!  Ok, so that leaves Century Park and the museum.

Up above the windows I noticed there was a line (time line of sorts) that labeled different destinations, in order, from People’s Square.  WOW!  It read: Science and Technology Museum.  Good sign, VERY good sign!

Who needed the fair skinned man with the I walked the Golden Gate Bridge T-Shirt!  I was figuring this thing out.

Each time the train came to a stop, if I looked quickly enough I could read the billboard posted outside that had each stop listed!  ALLRIGHT, it’s getting easier! I thought I was home free until the next stop didn’t have the billboard labeled!  CRUD…and I had lost count!  Oh great….Well, I would just hold on until the next stop and hope that it had its billboard labeled.

It wasn’t labeled either but between the two stops, I tried to remember how many stops we had already made so I could know when to get off.  I had hoped I had counted seven, but I wasn’t quite sure.  Well, here goes. I pushed my way off the subway just before the door slammed closed and it took off.

Looking around, I finally found a sign which read, “Science and Technology Museum.”  YES!! I had to be close enough to home now that when I found a taxi I could give them my card with my address on it, (written in Chinese) and he could drive me home!  Halleluiah!

Home at last!

About cessley

I am a bereaved parent. I write to give hope to other bereaved parents who are fresh in their grief. I want them to know life begins again. It (life) is forever changed, as are you, but one day, you will smile again. You may travel, you will make new friends, your heart will mend, though never heal and it will be a painful ride. It is one step at a time....sometimes, even one breath to the next is all we can seem to live through each day. But each day will be a new beginning, a different beginning, a different you. I have two surviving children: Amy, who is married to Brandon, and they have one daughter, Avery, and one son, Dylan. and Eric who is a doctor and is Clifton's twin brother. Clifton passed away when he was nearly two years old. As any bereaved parent knows, it is tough, REALLY tough trying to live after the death of a child. I lived in Shanghai, China for three years after the death of my son, and then lived in Beijing for two years. I am discovering life again, one step at a time. I returned to Oklahoma in February , 2020 due to the uncertainty of the virus. Little did I know the uncertainty would follow me across the ocean. This is nothing compared to the death of a child. I will survive! View all posts by cessley

3 responses to “Green, Line 2

  • Susan Simpson

    Hey Cathy keep the blogs coming and pics. The other day I was watching House Hunters International on HGTV and they were in Shanghai…had to stay up and watch to see what it was like…man it was HUGE..Im impressed. Has school started yet? How are the kiddos?

  • Kelli Pate

    These are great and you shoudl put them all together as a book… you really should! Blessings!

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