So, the title may be slightly misleading. I’m not 1 years old…of course. It was my first birthday spent as a resident of Tok.
Well, I can surely say it was a different experience. Of course, it’s hard being in a strange new place. My support network is via phone and internet. It’s hard not having anyone here when I return home for the day, or anyone with whom I have established connections to say “Hey, let’s get some hot chocolate and chat for a bit, yeah?”
But, everyone here surely made me feel welcomed on my birthday. I had a total of 4 cakes, a yummy chocolate pie, a huge yummy chocolate cupcake, and a slice of German Chocolate cake presented to me on my birthday. In addition, 2 of those cakes were baked by a student of mine, as was the slice of german chocolate. All I could say was “Wow!” I can’t even recall how many times Happy Birthday was sung to me. It was all kind of strange and endearing at the same time. Of course we like to think the best of ourselves as people. However, I must admit I’m hard pressed to think that I would receive such a giving nature from virtual strangers back in Chicago.
However, I must admit there was a degree of loneliness lingering in my mind during the day. Every time someone sang happy birthday, I felt a little sad not to be in more familiar territory, or to be with people with whom I share some history. Well, I suppose it is a feeling I will have to get used to in some fashion, and overcome.
So, I went to Fairbanks this weekend. I hoped to catch up with my uncle this weekend, but wasn’t able to do so. I did have some yummy Thai food, and get some shopping done, as well as met a fellow saxophonist, and heard him with a pianist perform some latin jazz, so that was cool. I also hung out with a new friend, Heidi, whom was my tour guide for my time in Fairbanks. It was cool. She has a dog named Gracie, as in JIU JITSU!!! Ok, well she probably hadn’t even heard of jiu jitsu when naming the dog, but how cool is that? At this juncture, I find pleasure in the most trivial of things.
I’m slowly reconciling my existence here in Tok, in some form and fashion.
Wow….I’m a country boy now.