[2019 Year in Review] Drama-watching with my mom
by Guest Beanie
When the Camellia Blooms
This past year I had the longest slump of my drama watching career (a proud nine years). I started the year in a job where I felt disrespected and burnt out. I was living in my hometown again after six years, and my one friend left from high school had admitted that she forgot about my existence until I’d texted her (her words, not mine). I guess this is why I’ve started to relate to the workaholic antisocial leads of dramaland.
In the midst of this life slump, my mom asked me if I wanted to pick a drama to watch together. She had apparently noticed my apathy, and this, somehow, was her best solution.
The drama we turned on was The Crowned Clown, which had us loving it then trudging resolutely to the end. Despite my slump and complaints, I couldn’t drop it because, well, my mom wouldn’t let me.
The Crowned Clown
After that mess I said I needed a rom-com. My mom agreed, and we turned on Reach of Sincerity after she let me rant about the Reaper/Sunny reunion pairing. Again, I wanted to drop it. I wanted to let my finger rest heavily on the fast-forward button. Yet with much eye rolling and heated discussions of “what could have gone right” we finished it.
After that it became an unofficial tradition, if I turned on a drama while my mom was around she sat down and watched with me. And once she started watching I wasn’t allowed to watch without her. (I learned this the hard way, her normally practical voice suddenly plaintive as she whined my name. I guess she was learning aegyo from all the K-dramas.)
Reach of Sincerity
Beanies on the fan wall, Open Thread, and recaps might’ve noticed that most of my drama comments were turning into quotes from my mom as we watched. She’s a wonderful and horribly sarcastic woman, which was important for me to recall as I chafed at living with her again after years of supposed independence. Yelling together at the people of dramaland to JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER and groaning over the ridiculous riches of another chaebol, while deciding to just order Chinese instead of cooking. My mom became my friend, which I definitely need as I navigate my late twenties.
This past month I’ve moved two hours away from her, to live by myself in a new city while starting a new job in a new specialty. But as I look at the new lineup of dramas starting, I miss her impatient voice telling me to just pick one.
At the end of this year, I have no dramas I recall particularly, but I can still hear my mom snickering as we made our way together through dramaland. That’s the best part of 2019 for me.
When the Camellia Blooms
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