November Birthday Bash 2018.11.04
It’s not because I never wanted to, but there was no one really there to celebrate it with me. I think I got a cake a couple of times from my parents, but it’s not like people ever got me presents or wanted to spend time with me so I never really considered my birthday seriously.
If it was a good day, it was a good day. If it was a bad day, it was another a bad day. Whether it was my birthday or not, didn't matter. It was just another normal day. However, my housemates were hosting a party for all the November birthdays, and I wanted to be polite.
When I came downstairs, in the beginning, it was kind of awkward. I had no idea what I was supposed to do in a birthday party that was for myself and three other people. I simply sat there and devoured some chips and mochi, but it was hard to talk to people. Usually, I like to talk, but I don’t like being the center of attention. It’s too much pressure.
However, after a few drinks, I did forget about it. I let go, and started talking to people. I tried to make jokes. I was being my normal self and all of a sudden, it didn't even feel like my birthday anymore. Even with my limited Japanese, I'm always amazed by how friendly and welcoming my housemates are. I never really understand how they put up with me.
Eventually, we started to laugh and fool around with some wigs. I got some bags of sweets, which is always appreciated. Eventually, the cake came out and we all had to make a wish. However, I can’t tell you what I wished for or it’ll never come true, and I want my wish to come true!
Everyone sang the birthday song then, and immediately, my anxiety came back. I couldn’t stare at people for too long. It was too much. I had to put my hood on and look at the wall. However, as embarrassing as it was, I did feel a bit happy. None of my friends really ever cared to celebrate my birthday in such a way back in the United States so the fact that everyone was singing made me feel special.
Unfortunately though, it was getting late and I couldn’t stay at the party for too long. I ended the night giving a short speech. I mustered up my courage to thank everyone for coming. I was grateful for the gifts and that I was glad we could have this event. It was a good experience even though I was nervous for most of it.
Say"Hello" to Team November!
Hello. This is Mara. I'm from Boston in the US. I teach English and am a student of Japanese. My goals are to live and learn about this wonderful country and make new friends. I also write stories but have never written a blog before. There's a first for everything, though, right?