Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas Eve with special friends...

My friend, Hye-jin & her baby

I wasn't looking forward to spending Christmas alone. I thought of flying to Bangkok, but I couldn't get tickets. My friend Hye-jin said that they may have a Christmas party for her and her husbands closest friends.

On the day, she sent me a text:

"Today's party is canceled, but if u don't have any plans u can have time with us"

I thanked her, but declined. I thought it would be better if she and Seo-jun spent time with Hong-il. After all, it's not that often that he's home early on a week night. Her next message to me was:

"U know I don't want to make you be alone"

I was on my way home when my cell battery died. So I couldn't reply her. Another message:

"I'm afraid that I make u feel bad. If I do, I'm sorry"

I told her that I really appreciate her kindness, but I'd rather stay at home. Her next message really touched me:

"It's just a day (Xmas eve) for unmarried couples in Korea. It's not a big day for us, but I know it's a big holiday in ur country and also a day for family and I think we are close just like family, aren't we?"

I finally decided to go over. So about 30 minutes later (after sitting in traffic) I was at their place. I was really touched, because Hye-jin and Hong-il went out to buy a few things for me and even gave me a gift. As always I was so happy to be around their gorgeous baby.

On my ride back home, I felt so good. It really doesn't matter what you do on special days - as long as you're with people who you care for and who care about you.

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