Holly claims that her life's goal was to become a trophy wife. She swears that she actually belongs in the comfort of a husband's slightly more than comfortable home, caring for her two daughters with naturally yellow hair and porcelain skin like their mother's. In her alternate reality, the one that was meant to be, Holly spends her days working out and then, subsequently, baking cupcakes.
In just a few days, Holly will be on a plane to China. For one year Holly will inhabit the bustling city of Shanghai. There she will teach English to the local children. She knows no Mandarin herself, but hopes to have a relatively firm grasp on this language of the future by the time she is done.
The life she has chosen is a far cry from the one she had planned. Now with a triple-threat resume that includes Disney Princess, master's degree, and future China resident, her reality is arguably far more interesting than the dream.
I surprised Holly over the weekend to say my year-long goodbye. I made this kit to make her smile, which was good because the moment she saw me Holly burst into tears. Tears as big as China.
Her tears were an honor. The very idea that my presence could make someone like Holly happy enough to cry seemed like a compliment of which I am not worthy.
Holly's tears made me think that her somewhat-kidding dream of becoming someone's trophy wife really isn't that far off. Because the man who does finally win her heart will be getting quite the prize.
But there will be time for all that later. After China.