MY LIFE IN KOREA IS A DISNEY MUSICAL

I’m convinced my life in Korea is like a Disney musical. It’s got all the characters, the proper setting, even the music.

[SCENE] Tonight I’m accompanied to the store by two of my students, Sofia and Jessica. They’re on their way to watch movies in the park. We chitchat while we walk. They’re very good at English, and I appreciate such chances to talk with my students one-on-one.

Scott comes skateboarding along. He’s with his mother and sister, Kathy—another one of my students. Now a group, we cross over the road and into the park together.

It’s a beautiful evening in Ochang. Picture a lake with fountains, ducks and fish to feed. Many people are playing in the park, enjoying what’s left of summer. Mountains snuggle up for bed, as sunset kisses them goodnight. All that’s missing is a soundtrack. Oh wait, there it is! Ochang’s park is equipped with outdoor speakers playing music.

I say goodbye to Sofia, Jessica, Scott, Kathy plus mom, and carry on my way to the store.

There’s Dustin waiting for me in the juice aisle. He’s with other children. They’re messing around, being kids, probably doing things they’re not supposed to do. Immediately, Dustin straightens up and bows when he sees me. It makes me laugh as I pass. Dustin is one of my students with special needs.

I’m convinced my life in Korea is a Disney musical. And a musical wouldn’t be complete without a scene of children shouting from second, third or even fourth-floor windows.

“Chase Teacher!” I hear from somewhere above, “Hello!”

It’s two of my students waving at me from their apartment. I cheerily greet them back, “Hello! How are you?”

They think about it for a moment before replying in unison, “Happy!”

“Me too,” I assure, as I go merrily on my way. So happy. [END SCENE]

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2 comments :

  1. This made me smile.

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    1. Out of all people reading my blog, I thought you'd enjoy this post the most, Rena. ;)

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