After 4 years in 10D, we have a new view. The diamond is slightly obstructed now, but look what we get in return. A different skyline. The 72 story Maoye building. The gorgeous Kepu Park. The tai qi ladies in their blue and red silks making their moves at 6am. Kites flying in the library field. At night, we can see the K lit up on the Kempinski Hotel 3km up Qingnian. And 2km past that, that circle building with cranes sticking out the top. So despite a new upstairs neighbor who wears high heels at home, and the feline issues with shifts in sunlight, all is well.
Call it a cultural experience. When a couple gets married in China, it is the husband’s family that is responsible for a place to live, maybe a car, the wedding, etc. More than a year ago, our landlord’s son got married. With their baby on the way, the landlord will give our old apartment to his son and daughter in law, and the soon-to-be grandchild. They were apologetic and appreciated our care of the old place. They wished us well, and were happy to know we would stay in the neighborhood. In fact, we now live in the same building as the landlord’s mother. Maybe she is one of those tai qi ladies?
A new view or a new outlook are sometimes forced upon us. Sometimes, we have to find a new place to sleep in the sun. We could look at it as a pain the ass, or we can just accept it, deal with it, do it. And who knows what we might get in return.