DAY TWENTY – Ordinary Joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
Sometimes the most ordinary moments can become extraordinary simply due to the extenuating circumstances, or who you are with.
The evening started ordinary enough. I had just walked out of happy hour with my ballroom partner Edd when we decided to get Pho for dinner. I have never had Pho, and Edd seems obsessed with it, so we decided to go grab some.
Edd drives us to Pho 75 along University Blvd. We park, walk in the establishment, and sit down. We get handed our menus, to which I gasp and say:
“Uh, they only take cash here?”
Ruh roh. Edd doesn’t have cash either, so we decide to leave the restaurant and head back toward campus to take out some money.
We do that, and then go back to Pho 75. We sit down again, get our menus again, and are greeted with:
“We close at 8:00.”
It’s 7:50. Damn. So we decide to get our Pho to go and manage to steal some Asian spoons and chopsticks along the way.
We head back to my Department’s building, and unpack all of the delicious Pho ingredients. Edd claims that it would be hard eating it in the current containers that the broth was in, so we found some random plastic buckets, washed them, and ate the Pho. Though it was extremely ghetto, the Pho was quite delicious, and despite a couple of set backs we managed to enjoy our meal.
What was even better was the conversation that come along with the Pho. Edd and I had fun partner bonding time, talking for several hours about friends, relationships, and life in general. It was nice to get to know someone that I’ve been dancing with for several weeks, on a deeper level.
In any case, an ordinary moment such as eating Pho turned out to be an unforgettable moment for me. I grew closer with someone that means a lot to me, and I hope that the Pho fiasco worked to strengthen our partnership. Who knows, maybe thanks to Pho we will win a ribbon come next semester. 🙂