In these past weeks I’ve come face to face with how much I have to be thankful for–especially people who have helped me in ways big and small. Here are just a few:
For my new French teacher who helped me fill out a non-intuitive form I had to submit to the government so we can stay in the country.
For the sales staff at the phone store who, between their rudimentary English and my even more rudimentary French, helped me get all of our cell phones set up. (Let me tell you, buying groceries where you can point and nod is far easier than picking out phone plans in a foreign language.)
For the concierge of our apartment building and her daughter who helped me get my phone plan recharged when the time came (another simple thing that is far more difficult when you can’t speak the language).
For the extremely friendly Frenchman at our church who helped me read my paperwork on preparing for my surgery (which was entirely in French, of course).
For my light-hearted anesthesiologist:
Him (swabbing my arm for the IV): Do you like needles?
Me: No—I can’t even watch.
Him: Okay then, on three… Three! (jab)
Me: I knew you were going to do that.
Him: Yes, I have lots of tricks.
For nurses at the clinic who patiently explained things to me, even using their phones to find the translations of things I needed to know.
For new friends from the girls’ school who met me after the surgery, walked me home, and gave me a wonderful quiche along with a carrot salad.
For new friends from Poland, Egypt, Finland, South Korea, France and other places (even America) who have been so welcoming.
For the girls’ new trapeze coach and the other students who have welcomed them right into the program. One has offered to carpool with us so we don’t have to take the train as long and another has invited us to go rock climbing!
For all the people who have been praying for me and sending me encouraging messages during these past few weeks—it’s made a huge difference.
For the welcoming people at Trinity International Church where we’ve gone the last few Sundays—being greeted and invited to join in seems like such a simple thing, but it transforms a nice service into something to look forward to.