October 14, 2015
“You realize you are not alone, right? No one in their twenties has life figured out. It’s okay to be a mess. You’re living”
October 14, 2015 marked the end of my teenage-hood and I couldn’t be happier. Twenty just sounds so much better to me than nineteen. Considering your twenties are said to be the best and worst years of your life, I’m so ready to take on the challenges of the worst and relish in the good times of the best. I woke up and while it was my birthday here in China, it was still October 13th in America where all my family and friends were. However, many of them texted me on my China birthday and that kind thought to do so made my day. I went down to breakfast where they were serving red bean buns!!! I died inside because anything red bean is my absolute favorite, and knowing that red bean pastries could possibly be served for breakfast literally gets me out of bed in the morning. I did have to teach on my birthday but since it was Wednesday, it was a short day! *Listen to the angels sing their hallelujahs!* After teaching, we had a meeting but after the meeting we headed on over to Monkey King! Monkey King is an Italian restaurant owned by an Irish man in Changzhou, China. I ordered pepperoni pizza, lasagna, and nutella crepes. They also had mozzarella sticks, which my friend ordered, and the next time I make my way over to that extraordinary restaurant, those are exactly what I’ll be getting. The owner imports his cheese as well as his nutella, therefore, it was like a small piece of America in the middle of this random Chinese city. The pizza was to die for, the lasagna was fab, and when I had that first bite of my nutella crepes, tears welled up in my eyes and I almost began to cry.
It didn’t feel like my birthday at all. It doesn’t feel like October and it doesn’t feel like fall, either (where are my pumpkin spice candles and pumpkin pancakes from IHOP when I need it?). It doesn’t even feel like time is moving much here in China altogether, so October 14th felt strangely just like any other day.
I’m so grateful for all of the friends who came to dinner, celebrated my birthday, and surrounded me this night, and more than ever, I’m grateful for Irish men and their Italian food.
“Spend your twenties learning how to mentally block out trend pieces about the importance of reaching specific life milestones in a timely fashion” – Gabrielle Moss