Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To China

I had asked Amanda if there was anything I could bring her from the states. I knew she was from South Africa but what I didn't know until the other night is that she lived in the states for 9 years. It really warmed my heart that she asked for such simple things like lipton cup of soup, some gel pens, shoe-goo to fix the children's shoes and some things like this. What touched my heart the very most though was that she asked for the lime flavored tortilla chips and some salsa! I had no idea that a British sounding woman from South Africa would crave chips and salsa. When I replied and told her we would bring her what we could, I shared with her how the chips and salsa thing tickled the daylights out of me because when we moved to Kentucky from Texas, we have yet to be able to find a brand of salsa that we like. Every time my mom comes out to visit she brings us our favorite "hell on the red". YUMMMY!

Anyway, Brian & I went shopping and we filled up one suitcase of things for Amanda. He carefully packed two bags of chips in a plastic storage container all bubble wrapped and everything. He bought one of the big plastic things of pace salsa and he wrapped it in plastic and bubble wrap and placed it inside of a shoebox size plastic box and taped it up. Everything was snug as could be and had little chance of being broken or spilled.

We were so happy to hand over the things to Amanda and you could tell the chips and salsa absolutely made her day! When we were packing up to leave Xian, I was pulling the rest of the tape off of the plastic container that had held the salsa and I noticed that it wasn't our tape ... in fact, it had "department of homeland security"! We laughed and laughed and laughed. Can you just imagine something looking suspicious to security and them opening the lock on our suitcase and digging down to the questionable container ... only to unwrap it to find Pace's Picante Sauce!


Jodee Leader said...

Oh my goodness! That is hilarious! I bet the chips and salsa were a big hit!

Wendy said...

I'm glad the homeland security pe!ople weren't hungry