I did not have any other way to know my future so I went to a fortuneteller with one of my cousins. It was the first time I went to a fortuneteller. I told him when I was born and at what time of day. Then with his brush pen, he started to draw a cross from up to down, from right to left, and a lot of symbols. He said that my best place to be was the northeast and the farther the better. He said that it was not good for me to stay at my home in the southwest, and that I had to go far away. When I reached 30 years old, I would have fame and money, and would be in a noble position. He told me a lot of other things by interpreting the symbols on the paper such as my future spouse would either be older or younger. But whoever married me would be fine, and I would be a kind and noble woman. Finally, he gave me the piece of paper and said that I could keep it and time would show he was right. On the way home, my cousin and I were laughing. She said “well, you are going far away, and to the northeast. You are on the right track to be a wealthy and noble woman.” I never believed in much of anything, but this piece of paper gave me all the courage and confidence to come to the U.S.
I was shopping around and preparing to go to the U.S. I learned that the city was very cold in the winter. I tried to buy a long warm winter coat and boots, but I could not find these anywhere in my city. Finally, I found a man’s down winter coat but never found winter boots. I also bought a lot of new clothes, gifts, and so on. I knew that everything was expensive in the U.S. I never bought that many new things in so short a period of time and all my female friends were interested in seeing what I bought.
|My cousin Guan Zhongwei was going to Manchester University and I was going to USA|