COVID-19 Diaries: Quarantine birthday

Ironically it was pretty social.

Last year I spent my birthday on my own in Taipei. It was very significant because it my first big solo trip, it was my first-ever return to the country where my parents grew up, and it was just weeks before my dad passed away.

The whole time I was away we exchanged emails. I loved telling him what I thought and what I had seen, and he was delighted when I visited his alma mater. I’m only sorry he and I never had the chance to talk about my trip in person.

This year was obviously very different. I was kind of glad the pressure was off to do something because, well I couldn’t! I did talk to a lot of people though (a lot at least for me): FaceTime with my brother, sister-in-law, and their adorable little girl; a call with my mom; a Zoom call with buds Ellen and Sandy; and a Duo call with some college friends.

It’s the most social birthday I’ve had in a long time.

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