Last Updated: October 24, 2022
Yesterday my wife and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary. I say "celebrated," but more like "worked through." I posted on social media that we are now in the midst of the "hard time" in our marriage, but I quickly took heat for that...nothing is wrong with our marriage - how would you describe it? The hard, always-busy time of life itself when you are married, I guess is more of what I was aiming for? Bouncing from the 6 year old kid's ping pong class, to lunch, to a class my wife was hosting with some friends and colleagues, all the while trying to make sure the 6 year old feels loved and included and is well cared for while we each take 15-20 minute turns chasing after the 1 year old. You've forgotten what a restful sleep feels like and you are worn out and tired pretty much all the time. This isn't even taking into account the regular 8-5 job you are working on top of all of this - that's its own story.
"Celebrating" our anniversary consisted of us eating separately at the same restaurant (one of us ate while the other chased the baby around the restaurant, then the other one ate....parents will know the drill). At night, we just passed out cold as soon as we could like we do most nights.
No, none of this means anything is "bad," nor are these "complaints" of any kind - just a description of reality in our family right now. That's married life with young children for you - other parents will understand! It' been 8 wonderful years and here's to many more to come!
Beyond our 8 year wedding anniversary, a number of "silent anniversaries" have quietly slid by this year unrecognized. Last spring - Spring of 2022, sometime in either March or April, but I can't remember any more specifically than that at this point - marked my 20 year anniversary of coming to China for the very first time.
No, no, no - I haven't lived in China for 20 years: far from it! In the Spring of 2002, my Senior Year of high school, I came to China for the very first time. I came with my class on our Senior Trip. We were in Beijing for a week. Back in those days you were still required by law to book a government packaged tour if you were coming as a group of tourists. Who would have EVER guessed that 20 years later I'd be back not only in China, but living and working in China and married to a Chinese woman with whom I've had two kids? Not me; I wouldn't have guessed that about my life in over 1 million years, but here I am. Life is a funny thing like that. Not funny like 'Ha, ha,' funny, but funny in its oxymoronic, paradoxical kind of way with its strange twists and peculiar curve balls it throws.
August 10th of this year marked my 10th anniversary of coming to China to live and work. No, no - that also doesn't mean that I've lived in China for 10 years...but it has been 7 - now into the beginning of the 8th - non-continuous years since getting my first job in China which started in August of 2012. That job was to be a 5th Grade Science Teacher and Elementary English Track Science Department H.O.D. at The SMIC Private School in Zhangjiang (roughly pronounced as "Jang Jang") Area, Pudong New Area, Shanghai.
Just last week, October 18 marked the one year anniversary of the first major relaunch and "modernization" of Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises LLC on its path towards becoming what it is today. After a serious incubation phase of establishing itself as a web presence while slowly growing in size as it sought direction for the future, I finally buckled down with getting the blog on a serious, regimented posting schedule back in October of 2021, relaunching the site on October 18th a year ago.
Wait a minute, Andreas.....did you just say "Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises LLC"? Yes, I did! No more sole proprietorship here. Another very major silent event happened just two weeks ago: on October 7th, 2022, I finally pulled the trigger and organized Andreas Philip Gross Enterprise as a Wyoming Close LLC.
What major events are worthy of a moment of reflection in your own life right now? Think about it. I'm sure you can come up with a few.
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