A Canadian writer teaches English and finds out what it's like to be a foreigner.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Temporary Temporal Tack-on

For a birthday alone in Korea, a guy can do a hell of a lot worse than free chianti and chocolate cake.

Look out 25, I'll be test-driving you for 3 1/2 months, until I return to Canada and lose the year I falsely assumed as time in the Korean womb.

They are born 1, to clarify.

I went to the Paris Baguette after work and bought myself this small chocolate affair.

I said it was my birthday and friendly Mr. Kim asked me how many candles I needed.

"Too many to fit," I told him.

He wished me a happy one, and gave me a free apricot pastry— one without so much cuttlefish ink in it.

Paul bought me a tiny magnetic chess set, of which he has the same.

"Teacher, we can be a couple," he said excitedly.

"I'm too old for you kid."

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