God bless the child.
“I have a dream, we shall overcome.” Ideas, visions, illusions not based on fantasy, beat through her heart like a djembe drum. She’s curious and tuned in, as the events from the past continue to impact her future. Her wish is to have wings that could fly, above and beyond anyone that deems her a loser. She’s positive and upbeat, but with a few drops of melancholy in her eyes. She is persistent to read every single detail with her chocolate amber eyes on the prize. The event happened over 60 years ago, but yet she asks questions like it happened yesterday. She strives to paint rainbows on dark clouds and highlight the sun with golden rays. That’s just who she is; no one can change her. Focused on a moment in time, her eyes can’t mask the anger and grief; absent are the sentiments of anger. She is the oldest child, God’s daughter, a present from and to mother earth. Her one wish is to give love to the ailing souls that impact the heart of the universe.
God bless the child.
Our journey to the U.S. began Friday evening, January 8th. Our flight was set to depart at 8.a.m. the next morning, so we decided to stay overnight near the airport. When I purchased our tickets 5 months ago, I was trying to decide whether to leave from Incheon Airport or Gimpo Airport, but I couldn’t remember which one I had picked. I hadn’t looked at our itinerary since I bought the tickets, and it was in my suitcase under the bus, so I decided to wait until I got to the hotel to look at it. When we got there, I realized we went to the wrong airport! Our hotel was in the middle of nowhere and the earliest airport shuttle didn’t leave until 6 a.m. The next morning, we rushed to catch the bus to Gimpo airport. It took about 40 minutes and once we got there, we had to wait in line to check in, and then another long line to get through security. Thank God our prayers were answered, and we made our flight! What a way to start off our trip!
Nelson Mandela once said, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” This quote always resonates in my mind when I return home. Living abroad has changed our outlook on the world and on life itself. We’ve discovered that there’s an abundance of wisdom throughout the world, and our views and insights are not limited to the parameters of our birthplace. It’s always wonderful to see family and friends after being away for a year, but after a few weeks, I’m ready to return to our home in Korea. Going home this past January, I began to think about my place back home and if I really wanted to go back to how life used to be.
First, let me mention that applying for jobs in Korea will be extremely challenging if you have children. Many schools consider those with children to be ‘high risk.’ They are concerned about who will care for your children while you are working, and what will you do if your children happen to get sick.
I personally believe that those individuals who come here with their children tend to be more responsible because we have so much more to lose, and I think we tend to stay longer due to the fact that we have our family here.
Just because it is more difficult to get employed here doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. You will be rejected many times, but you must not let that discourage you. When we tried to come back our second year, it took us almost 8 months to get a job offer. If you really want it, you have to be persistent. Don't give up!