students’ graduation party (May 23, 2003)
driving on 3rd street for a couple minutes and took a right turn into
Folsom street, I could see a big sign board, Canton Restaurant, on my
right side. I noticed both sides of the street were packed with cars.
Luckily I found a parking space near by and I parked my car. As soon as
I came out from my car, a soft Karaoke song is whispering into my ears.
The cold breeze was softly touching my face. The time was about 10:30pm
and I knew a big party was going on at Canton restaurant. Before I entered
the restaurant, I was trying to make up my mind; should I go inside?
In fact, it was a few hundreds of Burmese students from City College of
San Francisco having a party: celebrating their graduation tonight on
this May 23, 2003. Family members, friends, and co-workers were invited.
My wife, Than Than was among them accompanying her good friend, Taung
Taung Myint, who finished her Associate Degree today.
The only reason I was there was to pick up my wife at the restaurant after
she called me saying she was ready to leave. So, I was there in front
of the restaurant at around 10:30pm. I called my wife to let her know
that I was already here. She replied me with a surprise. I was told that
some of my old friends wanted to see me, and my wife asked me to come
up to their party. I was hesitant for going up for a few seconds. When
I learnt who they were, I decided to go up stair to the big party.
I was so delighted to see some of my old pals. We haven’t had contact
quite for a while. They looked grown up a lot and very mature. I was very
pleased to hear that they both are doing well at their schools, Arizona
State University and California State University, Chico.
At the same time, I got the opportunity to meet some other friends as
well. I was so happy to see so many Burmese students having fun and enjoying
their graduation party. There were performance; dancing, music, magic
show, and etc. It was such a beautiful scene and the happiest time for
students. I can feel it and I have gone through it. I am also glad to
let my wife have fun and enjoy the student’s life again.
I was not invited to the party but it happened that I witnessed the Burmese
graduation party. I feel good and I feel good for them. Keep it up NEW