Adam’s Party Nancy W. My son is 26 years old now. I still remember celebrating my son’s first 30 days. Chinese people celebrating a baby’s first month of life. We invited relatives and friends, more than 30 people came to our house. Before the party, my mother-in-law spent all day cooking. We cooked chicken soup with wine, ginger, dried flowers and mushrooms. We also made chicken, vegetables, noodles, beef with tomatoes, and pork with oyster sauce. We baked a cake, which was round with almonds and other nuts. When the people arrived, they first saw the baby and gave the baby “hong bao,” which is good luck money in a red envelope. When people saw my son, he always smiled at them and they felt hopeful. After they saw the baby, they talked to each other. They talked about the cute baby’s shiny hair, nose, face, ears, forehead. They all noticed how active he was, and talked about what he would do in the future. I thought he was adorable. I was a new mother. I felt the responsibility and I also felt grateful. I was glad to have the support of so many people. After 94 | Celbrating Ourselves
Compilation of writing from guests who attended the Writing Cafe in the winter.