June 1, 2008 3:13 AM


Korea so far has been wonderful. I'm unfortunately still jet-lagged (I crash around 10 PM and wake up at 5), but it's slowly getting better. I'm still staying at my maternal grandparents' place in Yeonshinnae (I sleep in their upstairs study). It's really good to see my grandparents again. It's been 4 years since I last saw them. They seem to be doing really well, healthy and all.

What kind of saddens me is that there is a limit to the amount of interaction I can have with my grandparents, specifically due to the language barrier. My grandparents will never learn English, and it is unlikely that I would be able to learn enough Korean to communicate all of my thoughts with them. I guess this is how it is for most children of immigrant parents. It must be tough for my grandparents, to see the son of their own child and be able to full communicate everything...Well, I guess that's just the way it is.

Besides, mothers don't communicate love through words. They communicate through food. When they feed you, they are really saying "I love you." Love you too, grandmom. Wish I could really tell you as much.

When I went to see my paternal grandparents, my grandmother would not stop looking at me. When I asked her why, she said it was because I reminded her so much of my dad, that we look almost exactly alike. Even the way that we act, sit, talk, everything is similar, especially my laugh. Of my grandparents' four children, my dad laughed the most. My uncle said that if my dad had not left for the US, the house would have been full of laughter. Hm.

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