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Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
Wednesday, May 24, 2006Success???? Oh contrar! (sp? - it is French ya know!)
I just had to share!
The order with the German man -- Yeh! That order that I thought I had done successfully- Friday last week! NOT!
I waited at home all morning, from 7:00 to 12:00. No SHOW! I called the number, begged for someone that spoke English and found out - no order had ever been put on the books!
After many tears (while waiting for the call from the English speaking guy) I finally got a return phone call - I had 3 promises of return calls earlier from German speakers, but they didn't call back, one even just kept repeating a number REALLY fast and hung up. It was exasperating.
I cannot blame the Germans - I am a visitor in their country. It is my job to learn the language - I just wish that so many things didn't have to be done without my mastering the language yet. And mastering it is a loose term - without my even grabbing it for a few seconds!
My daughter keeps saying, "Mom, you've only been there for 4 months." I know, I know, I know. But oh how I want to talk to the man at the Bakery, and TALK to the Butcher, and TALK to the waitress at my local cafe'. I'm asking God for patience in the same breath I am asking Him for knowledge of this language.
It appears that the English speaking guy realized that I was needing help. He called back. We set up an appointment for next Thursday. They will come and put my shrunks together and my bookcases.
I told the guy how much I appreciated his kindness. I told him that I was sorry I didn't know the language any better. I told him I would try to learn it. I told him if he was close I would buy him lunch! He grinned (I heard the grin on the phone!) and said Guten Tag!
Maybe by Wednesday of next week I won't have 24 boxes in my living room :-)
I'm just thankful I have 24 boxes, have a living room, have a bed - found an English Speaker!!!!!
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Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Wednesday, May 24, 2006
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