The original plan was to meet our Milo today, and when that was changed to the 15th, we were at a bit of a loss as to how to fill an entire extra day of waiting. We woke to bitterly cold temperatures and the gift of blue skies, a rarity in this city. It was a treat to see our kiddos via Skype, and then we enjoyed a breakfast which included crepes, sushi, house-made yogurt and waffles. Can you guess whose plate held what?
We hit the streets afterwards, looking for some treats to bring to the orphanage. In the process we wandered through the most elite shopping area in Beijing, peeking into windows filled with Louis Vuitton bags and Prada fashions and earning our 5 minutes of fame on the giant screen above the world's largest Apple store.
We then wandered down the traditional food vendor streets where we had to talk Monte out of sampling scorpion-on-a-stick and fried seahorses. He tried his hand at bartering, and contrary to his parents, he found it exhilarating.
We ended the day trekking the art street of Beijing, where we peered in shops with canvases stacked to the ceiling, browsed traditional inks and rice papers, potter's tools and plaster busts, and watched the carving of a traditional artist's signature chop.
My sister reminded me this morning of a quote by GK Chesterton: "Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair." As Alex and I have walked with the Author of love, our days have certainly taken a shape we didn't expect when we first joined hands twenty years ago. Today was a Valentine's Day we certainly won't forget...although our hearts are already held by tomorrow.