I Got Hitched!

26 Nov

Yes, it’s been a while since I last posted. I am happy to say it’s not because I abandoned the beautiful, joy of writing, but because I was preparing to get married and didn’t have much time for anything else. I don’t have many followers, but I do have some great friends on Facebook who have already seen my engagement and wedding pictures. But I will try to share some of them on this blog.

Well, first let me give you the run down on my journey to the altar. Like everything else in China, for an expat, it was a PROCESS! Since my husband was not born in the province where I live, we had to travel to his province to get our marriage license. We only had 2 days to accomplish all of this before I had to return to take a flight to America to go pick up my son Ethan and bring him back to China with me.

So our journey began fairly well. We were travelling to the countryside of Anhui province. The train ride was uneventful, until we got to his hometown. We planned on hiring a car to take us through the mountains to get to his mother’s house…oh did I mention I was also meeting the parent for the first time???!!! Talk about scary! Well, we got to the train station and lo and behold! I am the only black person there! Mouths have dropped, tongues are rolling and people are tripping over themselves to try to take my picture. My husband gets very testy about that since all they will do is post them on the social network of weibo or their personal QQ accounts to make God only knows what kinds of comments! He tells them no and suddenly no cars want our business at the regular price…they want 3 times as much. Mind you it’s almost dark and we are in the boonies of the mountains. So we decide to start walking and hope we can find a car going our way.

The mosquitos are out in full force! They seem to love this dark chocolate. I am sweating profusely, hearing scurrying and what seems to be dogs howling. I am scared, but my honey is gripping my hand for support. After what seems like ages, a car comes careening down the dirt road. We quickly flag him down and he agrees to take us the hour and a half through the mountains. He was a blessing in disguise. Once we get to the front steps of my future mother-in-law’s home, I asked my husband Jaison to pay him at least 100RMB ( the equiv of about $20), but the man only wanted 10RMB!!! I was dumbfounded, but grateful.

NaiNai’s house seems large, but it reminded me of a house in Haiti. The outhouse was super scary with giant spiders all over the wall….oh and to get there, you have to go through the bushes in the back of the house. Needless to say, I did not pee nor $#!* for the 2 days I was there! Drastic I know, but you would do the same if you saw the sizes of those spiders!

After all we went through, you would think it was smooth sailing from there, but NO! We woke up the next morning, met the curious neighbors who watched my husband grow up into a handsome young man. We watched the curtains move back and forth while we waited yet again for another ride into the big city of Hefei…this time with Nainai and my brother-in-law’s 2 youngest girls, ages 6 and 3. I instantly fell in love with my new family and thank God they felt the same way.

I carried those little ones around like they were my own. We had a language barrier, but they started calling me mama. My heart was warmed. When we finally got to Hefei, we arrived at the justice of the peace just in time for them to close and go to lunch…for 2 hours!! Uggh! We were going to miss our train and we did. Finally, we have our marriage license, which in China means we are officially married. We run to the train station and yes, missed it. We bought seats on a bus. The bus driver takes off, only to stop a couple of blocks later to pick up new unauthorized passengers. He was making money on the side. This is a 6-8 hour drive, with at least 10-12 people sitting on the floor in the middle of the bus. The bus was so full it couldn’t drive at normal speed.

Then the air conditioner suddenly broke. We started to suffocate. The mosquitos were on the attack. A few people including my husband called the police to report the driver. Two police cars showed up on either side of the bus, but did not stop him. They basically followed us until he was out of the city. The children started to whimper and looked like they were going to pass out. This went on for another 2-3 hours before suddenly the bus limped into a rest stop where it decided to die indefinitely! Now we were in a dilemma. It was too hot to stay in the bus, but too dangerous to venture outside as the mosquitos had tripled their attack.

My new babies were covered in welts. The rest stop restaurant was closed by now since it was really late. We bought up as much water as we could. Poor Nainai is not of a young age. She is silently enduring, while quietly watching how I dealt with the children and the situation. I am thankful that I had experience as a mother and seemed to pass her test. Many hours later, the people again called the police to report the driver. Finally the police did come and cited him. His company got a fine and he got a personal fine for putting so many people on the bus. He also had to refund everyone their money.

Our saving grace came a few hours later while the police was still monitoring the situation, a car came through with only the driver. Since we were the only ones with little children, and the driver was heading to our final destination 3 hours away, the police asked him to take us. The other passengers were angry, but Praise the Lord, it worked out in our favor. So that was my journey to becoming Mrs. Jai Jun Wang. I will never forget it. And I loved every minute of my adventure. Something to tell the grandbabies!

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5 Responses to “I Got Hitched!”

  1. Jocelyn Eikenburg (@jossailin) November 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Congratulations, Celestereille! I love your wedding photos as well, especially that blue lame gown. Wishing you and Jai Jun Wang 白头偕老!

    • celestereille November 27, 2012 at 2:47 am #

      Thanks Jocelyn!!! Posted up the remainder of the pictures with my actual ceremony photos on Facebook. These are the engagement photos…you can take a look: reilleceleste

  2. cosmicyoruba November 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Congratulations! I wish you a happy married life.

  3. Isabelle in Singapore November 27, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Heartfelt congrats to the both of you! You are a superb couple. What an account of your trip! Despite all the mishaps,it brought back a lot of good memories of when I lived in China. Wishing you all the best!

  4. aquariusamber February 6, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    I love your pics. You are both so in love. Your story was so vivid. I could visualize the mosquitos.

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