During zhuazhou, a baby is surrounded by items and set free to grab whatever their heart desires. What they pick is said to determine their path in life. I grabbed a pen instead of a stethoscope, much to the disappointment of my immigrant parents.
“Say it ain’t so,” they said.
“Maybe she’ll use it to write prescriptions,” they hoped.
One B.S in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin later, they’re still hoping. But I never let go of that pen.