The House on SUS Street

Curiousity Killed the Cat

As a kid, we were all curious about the most random things and we’d take a poke at stuff all the time. We have no judgemental skills and go right ahead and attempt to do something, even if it’s not a good idea. Which probably explains why as kids, we get injured all the time. One day, Little Timmy was in the living room, playing by himself while his mom was outside taking a smoke break. Timmy saw an outlet, and thought to himself, “what could these little holes possibly be meant for?” And that’s when it struck him, the amazing idea of sticking objects into the outlet. First, he took a thin piece of plastic from a toy that he had, and stuck it inside. Hm, nothing happened? He then tried the metal fork that was used to consume his spaghetti. He stuck it inside the outlet, and there was a loud pop and scream. Timmy’s mom ran back inside and saw him on the ground. She called the ambulance, but it was too late. Little Timmy was gone. (This is not a real story)

Baby Sitting 

When I was younger, I acted as if I was somewhat of an authority figure and I would try to keep my friends in check at certain times. So everyone can benefit and there are less issues. But as I grew older, that feeling of having an obligation faded away. I wouldn’t correct my friends and I would turn a blind eye to whatever they did, since it wasn’t worth the effort and time I would try to put in for nothing to come out.

Vietnamese Superstition

A big part of Vietnamese culture is superstition. My grandma would “read” my hands and would look at the lines. Apparently, that would determine what kind of life you would have or things that would happen. I don’t believe in it personally, and I think it comes down to just straight bias. Other superstitions that I’ve heard is that the first customer of the day dictates what kind of work day you have. This could also go for other things like school, not only work. Giving ghost money to ancestors is another fairly common tradition. You buy a certain paper money and put it on the offering table.

(picture shown is saying to not clean during Lunar New Years as you will sweep away the good luck and fortune)

“An A+ would have been bettter”

Education is such a big aspect of everyone’s life. Especially for students with parents who immigrated here to the US. Education is such a big deal for Asian parents, that it’s become a stereotype that is, for the most part, very true. My parents immigrated to the US from Vietnam, and both work physical jobs. They started off in poverty, and worked their way up to now living a comfortable life. They used to push education on me constantly, thinking that I need to take as many AP and honors as I physically can handle. That an A+ would always be better than an A. But now they just sit back and watch me take my own academic path. My dad said, “I just don’t want you to become a blue collar worker.” Which makes sense. 

(Scenes from the show Fresh Off the Boat)

A common topic that comes up as a highschooler is dating. More specifically, age gaps and different grades. Everyone has a different outlook as to what is morally acceptable. Age gap as an adult isn’t really weird, but as a teenager, it does matter. The most questionable age difference that I have seen is a 10th grader dating a 7th grader. I don’t understand what the thought process is going through both of their heads. Is it for clout? To flex? While the 7th grader thinks it’s cool to date a highschooler, the 10th grader is borderline labeled as a predator.

(picture shown is a famous couple online who regularly gets hate for the age gap)

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