Is it possible to write a blog post in 10 minutes? We shall see.
I’m sitting here on my bed inbetween church services (again, I couldn’t have planned a better house for myself! More, and more, I think this 4th-floor apartment is becoming my dream home). So much is happening, but you’d never know about it, because I hardly ever blog (sorry).
Last week, we enjoyed a 4-day weekend (Buddah’s birthday), and Suna and Sungjin invited me to come with them to Kumil Island, to stay with their family. Highlights of the trip: blowing bubbles on the beach with Sungjin’s little niece and nephew, and finding a seastar; taking a moterboat to see the shellfish farm on the sea; eating shellfish (called Chunbok) to my hearts content; getting a tan; getting to know Sungjin’s family. It’s like I woke up one day, and suddenly the language barrier is shrinking around me. I found myself able to communicate (albiet roughly) with Omoni (Sungjin’s mother). From the first moment that our eyes met, I felt a connection with her. Something about the way her eyes sparkle. I watched her preparing fish for sushi, sharpening a wooden-handeled knife on a piece of stone, driving a motorboat, and leaping from ship to shore like a 30-year old woman. This lady is honorable. I hope we can meet again, and my prayer is that she finds the giver of life, joy, and hope – Jesus Christ.
I’ve got 2 more minutes to write…let me tell you about an interesting cultural more.
Several times, I’ve wanted to help old ladies that I’ve passed on the road (one was lugging a pot of dirt, another a cart of cardboard for recycling, another hacking at dry ground it her pepper rows). Each time, the ladies practically slapped me away and said, “No, no!” I felt helpless, smiled, and walked away. I figured it was “Ajuma” culture – stubborn, independent.
However, I was talking with Huiyoung about this, and she told me another cause. In Korea, people must refuse an offer 3 times to be polite! For example, if your host offers you another helping of dinner, you should refuse first. He will offer again…”No thank you.” Finally, on the third time, you may accept (if you really want it). Huiyoung taught me Korean for, “May I help you?” (first attempt); “I will help you.” (second attempt- notice it’s more forceful); and, finally, “It’s fine, I really want to help you!” (third attempt, before taking the move). I’m a little nervous about trying it out…it’s not my style to be so persistent when someone says, “no.” Watch out when I come back to the States!
Well, my time is up. Happy Mother’s day to all you lovely mothers who may be reading my post. Bask in His love this spring ~