So my birthday was two months ago but I was super busy with NaNoWrimo. Overall it was pretty awesome, but unlike last year, I didn’t get anything special or acknowledgment at school. DESPITE the fact that the whole week of my birthday (two days before and the day of) was a lesson about birthdays and when I mentioned that my birthday was SPECIFICALLY on this date. Oh well, it led to some embarrassment on part of the co-teachers after they realized it. My friends of Sangju, however, made it so much more special. Therefore, I have to share it. ^^
First of all, one of my college friends told me that there was some kind of play going on at her school and she asked me if I wanted to go. I said sure, but was half dreading it. I mean, I wasn’t sure how much I’d understand given that it would entirely be in Korean. I decided to go, because well, I didn’t have any other plans, and also because her friend was going to acting in it. So, after work, I went to the university. I wasn’t in the best of moods because I was hungry and a *promised* birthday dinner wasn’t going to happen. Instead, I feasted on a cold sandwich sold at a convenience store.
I understood the gist of the play, but my friend and I were cracking up passing notes about how ugly the actors (fellow university students) were. LOL, mean I know. After the play, the director got on the stage and explained the “meaning” of the play. Although the play was called “Birthday Party,” it was actually about a guy who learns to be not as selfish and to make friends after his glasses break (a symbolic moment). Yeah…no one in the audience really got that either. While I appreciated the effort, I was happy to leave.
The next night, I headed to Sangju where a bunch of my friends came out and joined me for drinks, cake, arm-wrestling, and singing. The friends I made there continue to be amazing, although a great many of them are now parting: moving out of Sangju or out of Korea altogether. I’m just so thankful for the opportunity for getting to know them…