I need to start learning Mandarin...
...and Helen is why. I'm serious about not blogging my dating life on my blog; so all I'm going to say is that this is one very remarkable, very delightful, very special lady...who, because apparently I can never do anything the easy way, lives in Shanghai. As in, you know, China. So now I have an account with a florist in Shanghai.
I have no idea where this will go, as the logistical problems alone are clearly somewhat daunting. But it's a privilege to know her even if that's as far as it ever goes.
That's all for now. Those of you who are in the habit of praying for me, can remember Helen every now and then in your prayers. Perhaps you'll get to meet her some day. If you do, I'm pretty sure you'll like her...though maybe not quite as much as I do. ;-)
UPDATE: Um...wow, that provoked rather more interest than I expected. By popular demand, a couple more pictures: