Each morning as we go out for our walk or exercise we pass Liang Ma Ma who is our apartment neighbor. She doesn’t speak a word of English (well maybe bye bye is her only word), but we stop and talk to her anyway. Ron nearly always sings her a song (Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day…). She shakes her head at him like she is embarrassed or telling him he needs to be hitting on his wife and not her. But, we know she loves it. Her health is poor, but after she tells us a sad story, she always smiles and laughs reminding us that life is still very good. Our apartment security guards are also our friends and we have made our way slowly into their confidence. We live in a nice and safe apartment, for that we are very grateful.
|Liang Ma Ma, our neighbor|
|Ron & Hugo|
|Our Tai-Chi exercise group|
To and from our work at the office we pass by and wave at many friends whose names we do not know. The lady who cooks in the Tempanyaki restaurant, the vitamin store couple, the optometrist, the juice vender and the breakfast vender, the great couple who lives three doors away and give us fruit several times a week.
|Our good neighbor who gives us fruit.|
|Ray On and Yo Een|
|Elder Liston & Yo Een playing soccer|
|Primary kids in our branch after a sharing time that Elder Liston taught.|
When we first arrived in Taiwan we started looking for a barber/beautician. Ron got his hair cut once at a barber shop less than clean and orderly. Lola put her hair cut off as long as she could. As we walked into several salons we failed trying to explain how Lola wanted her hair cut. We even wrote down words in Chinese to explain. Some of the words must have been a few clicks off plumb because the two people reading them started to laugh. We left with our heads (with long hair) hung low. We actually prayed about finding a place to get Lola’s hair cut. (No reason to pray about Ron’s lack of hair) We went into the next salon and met Alan and Savian. They have treated us both like we were celebrities. Alan wanted to see pictures of Lola’s hair so he could cut her hair right. He does a great job on her hair.
We have made many friends at the various offices we go to representing our mission. Sandy works at the post office a few blocks from our office. She loves Lola to come with Ron and always states how happy Sister Liston looks. Ron has made friends at the two banks he does business with. Between his broken and bruised Chinese, and their English in similar condition, they do just fine. There is no doubt the good senior Elders who proceeded Ron laid a great foundation. Our contact at the Immigration office (we call him Smiley) has been a great help to us, and is very friendly and courteous as we bring in “mounds” of Alien Resident Forms for him to process. Taiwan is a wonderful country.