July 26: I’ve been waiting a long time for this day. And it finally arrived! Today was Sungho’s second first day of the Fire Academy. But that sounds so lame when I type it out. Today feels more monumental than that, so I want to write the story of how we got here.Continue reading
Not long after I moved back to my hometown, my grandmother invited me to observe a Zoom call. She was tutoring elementary students for a program called Reading Pals. After the first few minutes watching her interact with the kids, I knew I wanted to be a volunteer like her.Continue reading
You might have heard the expression: “If it’s worth doing once, it’s worth doing well.” My dad likes to add a twist to this phrase. Whenever he has to redo something, he shrugs his shoulders and says: “Well, if it’s worth doing once, it’s worth doing twice.”
I definitely inherited my dad’s optimistic attitude. The most recent example was a piece of furniture which I wanted to fix up.
Picture a long farmhouse table with thick metal trestle legs, so heavy that I can barely lift one side by myself. This table came into my life last summer, when Sung and I were living with my grandparents.Continue reading
Lately I’ve watched as each moment blurs by me. I guess that’s why I haven’t written much in June. Every day, Life seems to get in the way.Continue reading
Something special happened yesterday. It was a brief moment but it keeps replaying in my head.
Sung has gotten really (and I mean really) into fishing. I am not too much of an angler but I like to join him because it’s a great excuse to spend a few hours in nature. Yesterday we woke up at dawn, packed some bagel sandwiches, and drove out to the river near our house.Continue reading
My high school years were atypical. I didn’t attend a four-year high school. Instead I did an assortment of online classes, some community college courses, and homeschool.
One thing I really wanted to try was a team sport. I wasn’t very coordinated but I liked to run. So I decided to do track. Fortunately for me, my hometown high school allowed me to practice with their track team and compete at meets. I just wasn’t allowed to wear the school uniform.
I practiced with the team for one season, and at the end, I went to my first and only track meet.Continue reading
Two things are true for me: I’m grateful for health care and I’m afraid of the dentist. My appreciation for medical professionals doesn’t alleviate the anxiety I feel when a stranger pokes around in my mouth with sharp metal objects.
The other day I went to the dentist for the first time in a while. I wanted to get my teeth checked out since this is my last year on my mom’s insurance.Continue reading