Hi Friends! [long post but I just have lots to say]
So Summer is over for me and I’ve been out having a blast within the last few weeks.
I first got to hang out with my awesome friend and now former lab mate Jess, when she came up to visit me. We went out and spent our entire day in Boston. We had lunch at the North End and then got a bit lost walking to the museum of science where I saw super interesting science going on. It was really awesome to meet up with Jess and hang out with her again, best wishes to her and Grad School at Dartmouth!
I then had a trip to Montreal, Canada for one of my cousin’s wedding. This was a big wild trip because my friends from Toronto drove down (a 6hour ride) to see me for one day and drove back home. This was really an awesome thing for them to do and I’m really grateful to have such awesome friends who would do such a thing. We explored almost all of the underground malls around St. Catherine’s, ate crepes and some really good ramen, and we made video blogs and took a ton of pictures for our friends who are elsewhere in the world to enjoy. This was all on Friday, the day before the wedding and after they dropped me off back at home I had to get dressed again to go to the family dinner.
Then on Saturday, the wedding consisted of three parts, first we had the “giving away of the bride ceremony” which was basically having the groom and his family driving to the fiance’s house and having a traditional Vietnamese ritual of “bringing together the families” or so to speak. Then we went to the church where the wedding ceremony began, where they actually got married. This was followed by lunch where we ate Pho and then took a 2hour break to ourselves before the real party began. At night, there was a huge dinner party where friends, family, and more friends came to celebrate (this is always the most fun in a Vietnamese wedding). We had a 12 course dinner, a lot of dancing and the bride now changes to her final night outfit to dance with her friends and now husband. I went out to a club that one of my other cousins took me to later and I had a good time, though the music was a bit loud and overwhelming to my ears. (Fun little tip, if you’re a girl and marry in my family you get to be treated like a super princess and you’ll have three dresses to wear throughout the day, one for the morning, the wedding dress, and then the night dress).
Sunday was the last day I spent in Canada and we spent the morning just packing up then gathering the family to go visit my great aunt’s grave. We all took a picture together, said our goodbyes and headed back home to Woburn Mass.
A few days after I returned and before I moved in to HC, I spent my final hours with my high school friends and celebrated my best friend Alan’s birthday eating dinner at an Indian restaurant in Stoneham. We all talked and had our last “horah” before our individuals lives consumed us. I made a joke that we were all married and we would be considered from now BroHubs (brother-hubbys, like how in polygamy you get sister-wives, what would be the equivalent for guys?) Unfortunately, I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do that summer and wish I could have spent more of it with my SO, but that will be another story.
Finally, the topic of the title, what does this have to do with my mum and your parents? Well, to have such wonderful friends is a sign that their parents raised them to really appreciate their friends. Jess didn’t have to wake up really early int he morning, drive from RI to Boston and spend the entire day with me, but she did. My friends from Canada didn’t need to spend 12hours in a car (6hours driving from 3AM to pick me up at 9:30AM so we could hang out around Montreal until I had to leave at 7PM and then drive 6 hours back, but they did.
Even at my cousin’s wedding, on just my mom’s side all of our relatives came over from around the world (France, California, Texas, and more) for a wedding and it’s their excuse for a reunion. I met up with one of my other cousin’s who got married5 years ago in 2008 who now has a baby and it just amazes how loving everyone is. I had a cousin who flew in red eye from Cali to Montreal for the Wedding and they just left in the afternoon the following day. We’re all related through my grandma who was 1 out of 11 children, so that is how I’m related to most of my other cousins. Looking at my cousin’s wedding and then looking at my other cousin’s new baby made me realize how fast I have grown up, how 10, 15 years ago I was in Canada trying to bother my cousins being an annoying brat, and how my mum constantly scolded me as a child growing up. Lets just say on my last day in Canada and driving home I became very pensive and nostalgic with a weird pain in my heart that I still have writing this now.
My friend’s from home have also been so super close to me since our elementary school and middle school, we’ve never strayed as friends and our group has always been tight. Even though we all go to different schools and two of them go to WPI, we will always make time for each other and
Your parents and what they do make you who you are today, my mum was the strict Asian mom who grew angry at me for all the little things I would mess up at, yet she has been the only one to care for me and help me with my education here at Holy Cross. She taught me how to make such strong relationships with my friends, and to behave myself now that I’m older. So appreciate your parents and cherish your friends, if they’re good, they’ll be with you for life. My friends who’ve done so many things for me that I’m grateful for, have awesome parents who taught them to love their friends very well. I really want to thank all my friends who’ve been there for me when I’m down, happy, crying, angry, silly, crazy, wild, random.
P.S These were just some highlights at the end of my summer, I have sooo many more friends who are really awesome people and have done a lot for me (they’ll have their own posts soon enough).