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Old Korean ladies are so sweet!

One day it was raining heavily, and unfortunately, my school was a 20 minute walk from my apartment. Since I had arrived in Korea, there wasn’t much rain so I didn’t have an umbrella. I was standing in the entryway of my apartment building looking out at the  torrential downpour, wondering what my coworkers would say when I showed up to work completely soaked. Just like an angel, this sweet 60 something lady came walking in from the rain and handed me her umbrella. At this point the only Korean I knew was Hello and Thank you, but I tried to refuse this great act of kindness. She insisted that I take it, so I thanked her several times and got to work without a drop on me. Never saw the lady again to somehow pay her back. During my time in Korea I have been on the receiving end of many random acts of kindness like that. Whether it be someone completely inconveniencing themselves just to show me how to get to where I am going on the complete other side of town, or spending a half hour straining themselves by pushing the absolute limits of their English ability (and perhaps patience) to explain some dumb random thing to me.  It is funny, and it seems that these generous acts are easy to forget for a lot of western English teachers, as we often catch ourselves complaining about some of the quirky things that bother us about this country.  The fact is, all countries will have their good and bad.   Overall, the experience living in Korea for a few years was great, and wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Those are the things I enjoy remembering, and if she happens to be reading this (not likely)…, but anyhow, “Thank you!” (kamsa-hamnida).

Post Credit: Mitch Benvie