Sunday, April 7, 2013

Happy Sad

It is hard to believe it was a year ago that Rebekah left Canada to go teach in Korea. She now has just one week left in the country of her birth, and I find myself feeling both happy and sad. You might be surprised about the sad part, but here's the thing. I love Korea. I have traveled there twice, once with Rebekah and once to visit Rebekah. Now that she is moving back home I have no reason to go back.

I will miss not having another chance to connect with the warm, friendly people.




I will miss the food, which happens to be some of the best on the planet.




I will miss being able to buy crazy socks from the carts in the markets.




And getting surprise parcels in the mail with even more socks to add to my collection.






The happy definitely outweighs the sad though. For one thing, I will never have to stay in another Love Motel.

And there is the problem of the nut job running things in the north.




The happiest thought of all is that Rebekah will soon be back on this side of the Pacific. Instead of having to plan an international adventure in order to spend time with her, all I will have to do is hop in my car and drive south for a few hours. Skype has been okay, but I can't wait to spend some time in person. I anticipate lots of tea consumption and visiting in the near future!


Rebekah, me, Alexandra

20 comments:

  1. I'm sure you will be happy to have her home, never say never to another trip though

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    1. You are right, never say never. I just don't see a trip back in the foreseeable future. Plus there are so many places in the world I haven't been yet that I would still like to see. I just need to be able to take about six trips a year instead of one. That would solve my problem! :-)

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  2. I'm sure it will be wonderful to have her back. I'd miss those crazy socks too, though. :)

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    1. The socks are definitely unique! I will have to see if I can find a place in Vancouver that sells them. And yes, it will be wonderful to have her back. :-)

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  3. Well I must say it is good timing to come home if there ever was good timing. Enjoy keeping up with you through your blog. I heard you moved...where have you relocated to? We are in Chemainus and I like it here. Blessings,
    Linda McG also known as anonymous lol

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    1. Hi Linda,

      We haven't moved yet. We need to sell our house first. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying Chemainus. How far is that from Victoria? My Island geography is terrible. If it's not too far maybe when I go visit my oldest son and his wife in victoria we can get together!

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  4. What a great opportunity for travel her trip was for you! Lots of visiting in person and tea drinking sounds great!

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    1. I am really looking forward to the "in person" visits. Skype and I are not the best of friends. Elongated faces and choppy voices just aren't the same! :-)

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  5. I'm sure that one day you will go back. Maybe next time you can plan to go back to Korea WITHOUT the need for Love Motels.

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    1. Ha! Yes, my first trip there was Love Motel free, and as far as accommodation goes it was way better than the second time over there! If I ever do go back I am really hoping it will be another Love Motel free holiday.

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  6. Um, are those bears doing what it looks like they're doing? One of my favorite mugs is from Taylor and Ng and features elephants doing the same thing. Anne

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    1. Ha! I think the person who designed those socks was having a bit of fun...

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  7. I think the happy definitely out-weighs the sad. You can still go to Korea. Who needs a reason to travel? :-D

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    1. True, I guess I don't need a reason to go there. But there are still so many other places I want to visit that I think it will be awhile before Korea makes it to the top of my "must see" list.

      And yes, the happy definitely out-weighs the sad! :-)

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  8. I will be loving to have Rebekah nearer to you so that you can see her more often. It must have been an interesting and rewarding year for Rebekah teaching in the land of her birth at least she shouldn't be as cold as Korea.
    Sarah x

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    1. She had a great time there, and was able to learn a bit of the language and a lot about the culture. Her timing was off in that they had one of the hottest summers ever last year, followed by the coldest winter in over 30 years. She experienced very extreme conditions. Canada will seem tame when she returns!

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  9. It's always good to have your kids on the same continent as you :D

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    1. Better yet is having them in the same province! When Rebekah moves back next week it will be the first time in a decade that all five of my kids will be living in British Columbia. :-)

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  10. It is not good for ones peace of mind to have loved ones in parts of the world where there is nonsense going on. I'm thankful that a member of my family has cancelled a trip to one of those places where the sabres are shaking.

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    1. You are right - it isn't good at all for ones peace of mind. We are counting the days until she gets back to Canada! I'm glad you are being spared the worry of having someone you care about in a sabre rattling place.

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