June 25, 2015
I have officially had my first birthday in Taiwan. I turned 24 so it wasn’t anything too exciting. I worked my normal Thursday schedule, and then I had birthday dinner with three of my girlfriends that evening. I was so grateful to have some of my closet friends in Taiwan surrounding me on my birthday, especially since I was feeling stressed out about finding a different apartment and feeling a little homesick. It seems that big occasions bring out the linger of missing family that I usually can suppress on a daily basis. At dinner my friends gave me gifts of bags, coffee, and books (they know me too well).
My favorite birthday present of all though was a surprise from one of my students in my yo-yo class. During my third class of the day I was teaching when I saw my small yo-yo student and his mom carrying a big birthday cake box all the way up the stairs to my classroom. I was so surprised, but I managed to pick my student up and give him a big huge and thank his mom. It was so adorable! I wish I could have gotten a video of it. What made my surprise even better was when later I found two gift certificates to a restaurant in town. My students mom is too kind.
It was a good birthday and a good step into what is shaping into my adulthood. I am very grateful to have such supportive and good friends & family in Taiwan and in the United States. Although I miss some people a lot, I still wouldn’t want my life any other way.
Here’s to 24!