As I spent my last few moments in the states, I couldn’t help but find myself savoring the faces of the Americans around me. I knew once I exited the plane I was about to board, everything would be different. I took note of the guy across from me in the camo jacket reading a book. I noticed a girl with bleached blonde hair walk past, wearing a shirt that said “wifey”. I smiled as a little girl in a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt trotted by holding hands with her mother who donned a Disney sweater.
I can still hear the last few English phrases I heard, “Have a good one.” A bored looking flight attendant said as I debarked my Dallas flight.
“I like your purse!” A chipper woman in the bathroom complimented as we washed our hands.
“It sure is cold today!” A smiling security guard commented on my chattering teeth while I walked down the frigid terminal to the plane.
Those words ring in my head as I sit among throngs of Asians brushing past me, speaking in tones and words that couldn’t be more foreign.
I sit here, and I soak it all in. The Asian faces that I first thought all appeared so similar, I now see look so different from one another. I study the symbols on the signs that throw my brain into a frenzy. I take note of the officials standing at every corner. I can’t help but notice all of the pastel clothes, the serious faces, and the hurried paces of those around me. I soak it all in and allow myself to feel the excitement running through my veins. I’m finally here. It’s finally time.
I feel so lucky. So fortunate to be able to wake up in the morning and go downstairs and here “Nǐ hǎo ma!” as I exit my apartments.
It’s a privilege. It’s exciting. And I can’t wait till the day I can speak to them in fluent Mandarin perfection.
Until then, I’ll keep learning. Observing. And soaking it all in.
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