[Theme of the Month] Family drama
Now that it’s November, Thanksgiving will be coming up in the States, and that means big family gatherings for a lot of us. Being from an immigrant Korean family, my family always did a big fusion type celebration. Anyone who could make it would come, and we’d have turkey along with kimchi and rice. Besides lots of food, a cornerstone of stroopwafel family gatherings has always been stories.
The elders in my family always take time in-between nagging us young ‘uns to reminisce about the old days and family members who’ve gone on before us. My halmoni passed away when I was a teenager, but she still comes up quite often during family parties. She was the first storyteller in my life, and one of the things I remember best about her is her ability to spin a yarn. Halmoni would tell me stories about Korea under the occupation, before the war; before the division. Though she’s gone, her stories have stayed with me.
It was just a few Thanksgivings ago that I first learned my grandmother had a secret. When she was 16, her parents betrothed her to a young boy in a neighboring village. Instead of getting married, she ran away to Seoul. The details are lost to time, but what I do know is that she made her way from Seoul to Manchuria and found work in a hospital. It was there that she met the man she would later marry, my grandfather. After a short courtship, they returned to Korea to marry.
It sounded like something from a drama, and knowing her story has left me with so many questions. I think about the weight of that decision and of how frightened, yet determined she must have been to make the choice to run away from her family. Just as it’s true that every person has a story, every family has a story. So:
What story from your family could be something straight out of a drama?
Thank you to @moonbean for the suggestion!
- Email your submissions to [email protected] If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
- Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
- Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
- Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on November 27. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!
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