That's right, folks – you get a double entry today. Why? Because I neglected to mention in my last entry that today happens to be "International Women's Day," which is a national holiday in China and something like fifty other countries. Take the chance to let the women in your lives know you appreciate them!
I'll do that here:
Firstly, Mom: Thank you very much for everything you do, most recently for allowing me to undertake this crazy adventure of mine. I have grown a ton here, and discovered who I am in regular society as a result. I won't disappoint you!
Secondly, both of my Grandmothers deserve thanks, as well – without either of you I wouldn't be who I am today!
My cousin in Cali deserves special mention here, as well – she's been my best friend since we were knee high to a grasshopper, and has stood by me through some really tough times. Thank you very much, milady!
My sisters will also go here – they've taught me much more than they could ever realize, and have put up with a lot of crap I've given them (or thrown at them…) over the years.
I want to thank my friend Zekintha for her support, as well. She has been there for me whenever I've needed someone to talk to, and has helped me more than she can see. You're a godsend, my friend!
Also my friend Tatyana – you know you were the inspiration to this whole blog idea, don't you. This project wouldn't exist if you weren't in my life. Thank you very much for all your support and encouragement!
Victoria, as well, goes in here – I need to thank you for being such a good sounding board, especially when I need sense knocked back into me.
Still on the American side we have Chelsie, my friends from the BC14th ward, my friends from Pizza Hut, and my friends from Washington – The women I need to thank are far too many for this small blog entry to be able to encompass, so thank you all!
For the 中文 side I can offer face-to-face thanks for the most part, but I still feel they deserve mention here – Thanks be to all the girls in the office, especially Joy and Selena for getting me to Linhai alive, Josie for being a great 中文 teacher, Chris for her support, Elva for her help in getting me oriented, and Trudy for being such a wonderful friend.
Thanks also to 珊好 for encouraging me to continue to learn, and to Elina for being my first 中文 teacher here in Linhai and for working so hard!
Again, the list is too long to mention, but to all of you, I offer my thanks, and my deepest respect, HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!!!