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CHUC MUONG NAM MOI (or a lunar new year dream) (S&D)

by Amanda Levin

A massive crowd of people surrounded me. They were all frantically running, pushing one another, forming an impenetrable sea of bodies. In the crowd, I found and called out to my roommate who was walking with another one of my friends. I asked them what was going on and they simply responded with “It’s the Lunar New Year!”. I was stunned that the Lunar New Year was able to create such chaos and energy on campus and in Palo Alto, but I merely shrugged and assumed that all of the west coast celebrated the lunar New Year this way.

As the massive crowd was shoving me, my friend invited me to her house for a New Year’s celebration and cleaning. I thought it sounded like a great idea, and soon we were on our bikes heading to her house in San Mateo. My friend and I always talked about how are parents were really similar and would probably get along really well, and so it seemed completely normal that my parents were at the house waiting for us at the party instead of 3000 miles away in the Midwest.
Along with my parents, who were suddenly best friends with my friend’s and my roommate’s parents, the party was full of other Stanford students. We were all talking and eating in the main room when I suddenly had an urge to go out the open door. I was met with a long dark hallway and blindly walked down until I arrived in a cellar. My friend and roommate were there and I was about to ask about the cellar and its purpose in the house when suddenly my friend grabbed my hand and started dragging me away.
Confused and scared, I sensed that there was something behind us and that it was closing in. I ran until my lungs were bursting, and as I saw bike parked about a hundred feet away I realized that my friend was gone. I quickly spun around, but only when I reached my bike did I notice that she was already biking ahead of me. I don’t remember getting on the bike or unlocking it, all I recall is seeing her well ahead of me and suddenly catching up to her. As I reached her, she turned to me and said, “I always knew our parents would get along great, CHUC MUONG NAM MOI….. beep beep beep”. I stared at her for a moment completely lost to why she was making funny noises only to realize that the sound was my alarm, my parents were still 3000 miles away, and the Lunar New Year was officially over…

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