Assah. Off work at 2 today. Following Co's advice, I decided to make a quick dash to the Homeplus before the Children's Day present buying crowd packed itself in. Yohan and Jaekwan walked me nearly the entire 30 minutes there. Yohan suddenly started grabbing me in the halls last week, telling me that he and Jaekwan want to be in the FBI and Interpol when they grow up. I don't know where this came from suddenly, if it's a joke I'm not getting or what. But they keep trying to tell me something about New York and terrorism... who fucking knows. They're cute though. Yohan runs the show, and Jaekwan speaks more English. This seems to be a theme with my students who come in best friend duos. There's always one who wants to communicate, and one who actually can.
They kept trying to get me to buy them food along the way. "오 배고파요! 오 나 배고파! Teacher isn't chicken looks delicious? Oh.... hungry..... I want to eat chicken...." Puppy dog faces. Sorry, boys. 1. I know you just ate lunch. 2. I love you, but not enough to sit down in a chicken jip and spend the afternoon with you, like a couple of ajeosshi. 3. Do you see all these other students? If I so much as reach for my wallet, we're going to have an all-out chicken-begging ambush on our hands.
When I got to Homeplus, I was digging through the t shirt bin with the rest of the ajumma, when suddenly the speaker overhead started to crackle with an overly cheerful tune. Out of nowhere, Homeplus employees began to emerge and line up along the edges of the store. To my utter horror, they proceeded to do a choreographed dance, while singing joylessly along with the tune. I stood in place, dumbfounded, as this nonsense proceeded for the next 3-4 minutes, trying to figure out what in the fuck was going on. I haven't been that confused since my first few months in Korea. Then, it dawned on me -- Children's Day. It must be a Children's Day song and dance. I wonder how many times a day they have to do that. What a miserable fucking job....
On the walk home, I was very nearly bowled over by a motorbike shooting out of an alley. Unlike when this usually happens however, the young man on board stopped short, pulled his mask down, bowed deeply and apologized profusely. What lovely manners. I gave a huge smile and my best, "아니오! 괞찬아요!"
The sunshine must be getting to people. There are a lot of smiles and kindness around these days.
Now I'm off to try to nap a tad before trying, yet again, to make it out to meet the lads. They're so patient with my grandmothership.