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."