After wrapping up my cumulative year of M3 into the two neat little packages of USMLE Step 2 CK and CS in the first 2 weeks of June 2016, I was able to focus on the latter half that my parents had been planning for months: a formal engagement party for myself and Amanda held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The party served as a festive backdrop through which Amanda was introduced to my many relatives who live across the US who I do not see frequently. Amanda’s family also came in full force and they were able to get a sense of the larger picture of who my parents are.
In was a resplendent day, with introductions, family, friends, and feasting. I would be doing a disservice if I did not mention the efforts of my mother and her friends in preparation of the desserts and other appetizers: kulfi, penda, idli, sambhar, Mexican mules. Amanda and I also enjoyed a night out with the cousins in the rambunctious red stick.
The event was held at my house for much of the ceremonial portions and then the reception was at India’s Restaurant. It was an event that I will always remember, and it evoked feelings I will always hold close. The love I felt that day was immense, and, in retrospect, it has always been there. It may take such an event for those emotions to come to the surface, but once recognized they endure.