The Tradegy
October 19th, 2009 by Tessa

 There are four bunks per room in a train car. The one across from mine is empty. My mother should have been there. The bed is cold and stiff and the blanket and pillow are untouched.

A perfectly dramatic way of describing a sad scene in yet another novel in which the mother has died don’t you think? Fortunately, my mother is not dead. Unfortunately though, train tickets are not refundable.

Due to an emergency, my mom had to fly back to Shanghai. She didn’t want to because she thought she’d be lonely. Just to make sure that she isn’t lonely while we’re gone, I am not going to tell you what is wrong with her! (Forcing you to email her to figure out what’s wrong!!! I’m a genius!)

EDIT- My dad is forcing me against my will to write about what happened. But I still think it was a great idea.

The day after we went to the Zoo (in Chengdu, China where the giant pandas are), where I swear that Phoebe was the main exhibit because of the amount of photographs people took of her with their crying small children, we met Tom again for Tex Mex. As soon as we got there, I attempted to converse with the Chinese waitresses in Spanish. I quickly realised that NO-ONE in this restaurant spoke Spanish, much less English. Mom dove for the chips and Guacamole- but no she isn’t food poisoned. We were all finished with the meal, it was probably the best Mexican food I had eaten in China (which really isn’t saying a whole lot, but still, it was okay….). We were all convercing when mom suddenly brought her hands to her mouth- no, she doesn’t vomit either! Her eyes went wide and she simply said, “I think my crown just came off!”

So we call the consulate. They give us a hospital. We get to the hospital and they have an English speaking doctor who put a temporary cap on her tooth and we shipped her back to Shanghai where she has instructions to harass the FedEx people until they fork over our new Kindle. Oh, and hopefully she can get her tooth fixed while she’s there.

6 Responses  
Chad Schneider writes:
October 20th, 2009 at 3:27 am

Hope the flights back to shanghai, and emergency dental work doesn’t hurt your round the world funds too badly. I hope you guys are enjoying yourselves. Are you homesick yet? will you be able to move back into your house when you get back or are your renters growing attached? :P I just started back to work this week, so i’m trying to work as much as i can till November 30th, then i’ll take a week of quick holidays somewhere. Not sure yet, but i’ll definately see you guys if you’re anywhere near where i might travel! Safe travels and Carpe Diem!

Your Canadian Cousin,

Chad :)

Tiffany Scharn writes:
October 20th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Great story Tessa! You had me freaking out a bit about your mom! I hope her tooth is ok and am thrilled she is not dead (a tad morbid but I get your humor)

Safe travels to all of you!

Sam writes:
October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Haha you are SO overdramatic Tess! Haha! Well, since you get to flash it all over the web that you are in China and went to Japan, I am going to flash it all over that I am going to a ABBA CONCERT!!! OMG OMG OMG!!! Haha, She just so happens to be performing at the fair the day that I am going. Now, if you don’t respond to thing in 3 days, I am going to be very angry and not send you a Tee Shirt. But if you do, You get one, and a bonus prize!!! Hope you guys don’t get kidnapped again!!! Sam

Melisa Mace writes:
October 24th, 2009 at 12:15 am

Like Mother, Like Daughter….Awesome writing Tessa….Hope the four of you are reunited ASAP :-)

Sam writes:
October 24th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Haha forget my last comment….. they were a revival band that was not good at all. But I will still find you a tee shirt!

Scott Katz writes:
October 26th, 2009 at 9:13 am

Screw John and Kate and their 8! I vote for Jeff and Kate plus two (Phoebe and Tessa’s IQs surpass those eight rugrats combined).

You guys deserve a reality TV show! We want to see you eat Mexican food and lose your teeth in China.

The Katz family vote you most engaging, articulate and fun family in the UNIVERSE.

Thanks for the great blog entries!

Lots of love from Arizona,

Scott, Amanda, Nate and Eli

PS- When will you be in Morocco? Amanda and I should be there in early 2010.

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