The Sneakers That Brought Me Down to Earth

Maggie Lijun Duan (+Video)


Guess what? I could make a burrito in 15 seconds when I was working at Freshii. I wrapped 400 pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving when I was working at a bakery. I changed over 15 diapers a day when I was working at a daycare. In 2014, as a waitress at a dumpling restaurant during the winter solstice—the busiest day of the year—I met a customer who became my husband.

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