celebrating my birthday with my friends and family for the third time in Canada.
I could say it was one of my best days in my whole entire life. March 9th was my birthday. I never really cared about my birthday before because back home in Korea, it is still a big deal but we do not really celebrate as much as in Canada. I feel like I became more special in Canada. Nearly everybody in school made birthday wishes for me and was very happy for me just like it was their birthday. Some of my close friends gave me birthday presents that I would never be able to get in Korea. In Korea, we do not really share presents that much. Also my friends bought two big boxes of pizza and made a birthday party for me. I invited them in my house. We had pizza together, played ping-pong and pool, watched a comedy movie, had really fun talk and they sang happy birthday for me with the cake that my host parents got for me. I don't know how my host parents figured out that Oreo cakes are my favorite. I was so happy. It was the shortest day for me. I was also very busy that day because the next day of my birthday was the day I was going to Toronto with one of my friends to visit his uncle and have fun together. The flight ticket was the birthday present from my mom back in Korea. This birthday was more special for me because it was my 19th birthday which means I became an adult. I can't believe it. In one side, I am happy because I am free to do what I could not do when I was not an adult and I feel more mature. However in the other side, I feel sad because I feel like I am very old. My friends are like, 15 16 and oldest 17. They still have lots of time to enjoy their school-life. I wish I was like one or two years younger because I do not want to feel I am old. Though, really good thing about this was I could became an adult in Canada and celebrated with my friends. Of course I wish I could celebrate my first birthday being an adult with my friends and family back home in Korea. However I would not be as happy.
I am always so surprised with how people here celebrate birthdays for me and other people. In Korea, my birthdays were always same but here in Canada, they always do different and more and more interesting things for me on my birthdays. That is why I always agree with people that say Canada is one of the most friendly countries in the world. I became a different person. I used to just say "happy birthday" for my friends' birthdays but Now I celebrate my friends' birthdays just like they are mine. I organize great events for friends on their birthday and I am happier to celebrate for them. I think I became more Canadian.
I am extremely thankful for those people who celebrated my birthday for me and Canada that let me have this great experience.
- Chan Yoon-