Last night was Hercy’s celebration party given by his parents after he graduated from medical school at University of Illinois. He will soon start his residency at Northwestern Hospital. Am sure it is where he’s always wanted to be.
I have known Hercy’s parents for almost all my stay here in America. After all, his dad has been my boss for most of my stay here – 30 years plus. So they say am like family and I love them.
His parents had a beautiful shindig at the Spirit of Chicago. It was a lovely day – a glorious one, after the ups and downs of our weather this week – this one came perfect. But we all stayed at our deck, dancing and toasting the graduate. I also enjoyed the Chicago skyline as it was my first time cruising Lake Michigan at night.
At first I worried that I would be the only Asian amongst Greeks. I voiced my concern with my friend JA and his wife. He said they have no problem with that. That happened on my boss’s 50th birthday bash. Many then didn’t know me and I had to explain to them my relationship to the family. This time, everyone already knew or have heard of me and am not feeling quite as strange anymore.
Then Hercy’s classmates from medical school arrived. Most of them were Indians, Chinese, blacks and maybe one white. I no longer felt so different.
But this is all about On the Move. So here’s a video I took while the family was Greek dancing. The moves seem very simple but really it is quite hard to muster for a non-Greek. The cliche “practice makes perfect” is very true in this sense.
(Sorry, the quality is so much diminished because of the large picture. I wish I know how to make it smaller.)
365 Project: Day 129