Out of my three university teachers only one bothers to set her mobile to silent mode during class time. I don’t know if it has something to do with me being the only student in her class, but I find it kind of… rude. Why do people always prioritize the person calling you when you are busy with someone else? Sure if you are expecting an important call, but what Chinese language teacher does that every single day?
Anyways, I have chosen not to comment on it, because all of my teachers are great people (except for when they answer their mobile phone during class time).
Lately, however, I have noticed that one of them insanely popular. During our 3 hours class she receives about 5 phone calls! Because she feels ashamed about answering every time she sometimes refuses to take the call, but that just results in the person calling back five minutes later. Knowing that, I always encourage her to answer when her phone rings.
In the beginning she always went outside to answer the phone. Yesterday, however, she chose to answer in front of me, and then I realized what it was all about: a delivery arriving to her flat.
-Oh, you ordered something? I asked when she had finished her call, curious as always.
-Yeah, and it is always a little bit trouble some because the delivery boy arrives when I am not at home.
(Always? How often to you order?)
-What did you order?
-Yeah, I bought it online. It is so beautiful!
-Beautiful? An umbrella?
-Yeah, you see, I could not find any nice ones from the shop, and I also think the umbrellas in the malls are ugly and overpriced. So finally I found one I like online!
-How much was it?
-From taobao? (Chinese equivalent to ebay).
-Yes. I buy all my stuff from there!
-All your stuff?
-Yes, all my clothes, shoes, bags…. Everything I need.
-It’s cheaper! And also, every day when I come home there is something waiting for me. It is like receiving a gift every day!
-Right… but isn’t it messy with the delivery? Because you are actually at work now.
-Yeah, but I just have to answer and chat to them for a while and then it’s okay.
Yeah, OK. Now I am suddenly no longer that understanding or approving to her answering her phone during my precious class time. However, at least now I know where all of her pretty clothes are from. And I guess in a few days she’ll show me her new, pretty umbrella that was only 20 kuai but that stole 10 minutes of my class time. Can’t wait.