Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Change in the Winds...

Last night the boy and I went out for a midnight powerade run (the stuff's delicious).  We decided that the cherry blossoms were too beautiful and the weather was too nice to go straight back inside.  Instead we walked to the elementary school across the street, played on the playground, rode the seesaws and talked about life underneath the soft moonlight.

We talked about our hopes and dreams for our up and coming adventure.  We discussed what Korea has taught us over the past two years (which is a lot).  We reminisced about what we've accomplished, explored, and discovered.  This is a country where we've spent two thirds of our entire relationship.  We've grown with each other, cried with each other, experienced hardships and triumphs.  We also talked about our future. 

We both agree that we're leaving Korea at the right time.  Neither of us want to leave this fascinating country and that's what's so perfect.  We wouldn't want to leave being bitter, angry, or fed up.  We're going to be departing with heavy hearts and I know we're going to miss the hell out of this place. 

As we were sitting there under the cherry blossoms, listening to the eerie creak of the seesaw, we relinquished our fears about leaving this place that's been our home for the past two years.  We let ourselves fall in love with Korea and now we can move on to new adventures, new places, and even new struggles. 

If Korea has taught me anything, it is that everything changes.  Just like the fleeting cherry blossoms, our lives experience spurts of growth, blooms, and metamorphosis.  I don't know what our future holds once we step on the plane home.  I do know that I've been blessed beyond measure and I'm anxiously anticipating what's coming our way.


  1. So true, so true. Great post! Playing on Korean playgrounds in the middle of the night or in pouring rain was a favorite activity of mine as well. After living there for a year and half I had all the same thoughts and feelings. Leaving is hard because that is where you have created your life. I have to say that coming back to live in the States has been quite possibly the hardest thing I've had to do in life. Making a life here again after living in Korea just isn't the same. So much in fact, that I have talked Andy into moving to Korea. I think we'll be going back there in about 10 months!! I'm sad that we'll miss you guys. :( Maybe our paths will cross somewhere on this great world eventually though. :)

  2. Thank you for your comment! It's nice to know that other people have gone through it as well. I know I'm going to miss it so much and I'm trying to take advantage of it all while we're here but I know it's still going to be hard. I think it's awesome that you'll be coming back. You will definitely have to keep me updated. There is comfort in knowing that we can always come back. :)


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