Missing my Korean family a lot this week || After pasta dinner with my Appa the day we met. He had talked to me about how he stole my Omma’s hat at a track event he placed in. She was one of the beautiful girls working the award ceremony. His friends had a dare going and he was the only one who would accept the dare and take her hat off her head. He gave it back go her when she had a friend go with her to get it back but she had agreed to take him out to eat something. A week later he got a call from her to meet up. He ended up bringing 9 other friends on the first “date” and they didn’t bring money so she went back home to get money to pay for them all. That’s when he knew she was someone of good character and wanted to continue to see her 🇰🇷
My second leg for #YVHTC! Was an incredible experience. So proud of everyone on our team! So much love. I have so much respect for anyone who does this relay. One of the most rewarding and hardest accomplishments! Everyone should do this once in their life!
I now know that most of my physique comes from my Appa. We share the same light brown eyes, round face, lips, and have identical hands. We both failed to thrive after birth and were malnourished. I now know too, that my stretch marks on my knees come from him and my strong arms are definitely a trait of his. I now know my hair and furrowed eyebrows come from my Omma as well as the shape of my eyes and part of my nose. I now know the love story of my existence and some of the hardships my parents have faced that have shaped them to get after what they really want in life. I now have 4 wonderful parents who want to support me in anything I chose to do, which is the greatest gift ever. I truly am fortunate and could not have been able to make this trip without my adoptive parents and Elliott. People have asked me if I feel complete now. I wouldn’t say complete, but most definitely richer and more room has opened in wanting and having the possibility of connecting with my birth families. I now know my characteristics are much stronger than I knew myself and are deeply rooted among the people who gave me life and the people who raised me. Today my Appa saw me all the way to customs and my Omma is still struggling with her own pain of the situation but I understand where her heart is. Until I see them again, I will smile as I remember the memories of the trip, to stay healthy, reach my goals, learn Korean, and will frequently visit pictures to see their new familiar faces I love so much.