RING RING RING RING RING
"Is that my doorbell? No one ever comes to my apartment, so it's not really a sound I'm familiar with. I'll go look through the peek hole and see who it is. Oh that's right, the glass is so dirty that I can't see a thing.
"Well, there's a man standing there. Or a woman. But it's definitely a person. Unless it's an alien. Or a drunken angel statue. You never can be sure.
"I guess I'll open it. It's probably someone I know. If it isn't, I doubt it will take long for them to realize I don't speak Hungarian and they'll go away. Maybe it's a Hungarian girl scout selling Hungarian girl scout cookies. If that's they case, I'll buy a ton.
"I hope the whole transaction doesn't take long - I have dinner on the stove. It's not too important if I burn it, though, because I usually burn it anyway."
These are the thoughts that went through my head while I was cooking dinner tonight. When I opened the door, I didn't find a woman, an alien, or even a drunken angel statue. Instead, it was my neighbor. You remember him, he's the one I was at the sausage festival with (read about that here).
He's a nice guy, but his English isn't great (even though it's 20 million times better than my Hungarian). I've had a few short conversations with him in passing, but we only hung out at that one festival. On the other hand, he is my neighbor, so I wasn't that surprised to see him at my door.
"Do you like cookies?" he asked.
"Yes, I love cookies."
"Great! I made some cookies and I brought some for you," he replied as he handed me a Christmas tin, "Enjoy your dinner!"
And off he went.
|The Cookie Tin|
Therefore, it was a pretty welcome feeling to have someone come knock on my door with a gift. It's just more proof to my theory about living in a foreign land: If you're lonely, homesick, don't fit in, don't have friends, etc., then you need to do one thing - be patient. With enough time, patience, and smiles, you will feel welcome.
So answer the door, if it isn't a drunken angel statue, it may be your friend with cookies.
Hungarian word of the day (seems important, under the circumstances): Köszönöm (you're on your own with this pronunciation, I know how to say it, but I don't know how to explain it). It means Thank You, and you could find yourself saying it a lot.