My household is a fusion of Korean and American culture and a little bit of something unique that I can’t quite put my finger on.
K, my significant other of nearly 8 years, is from Seoul, South Korea (the Republic of Korea). I am from a little town in Southern Indiana famous for being the set of a couple of 90’s movies, but not much else. Before K came to the US in 2002, he did not speak much English at all. Now, he is working on his 3rd degree at a US university and I am so proud of him for how far he’s come. I speak hardly any Korean, so we mostly communicate in English. I took Korean for a year in college, but haven’t retained much of what I learned, as is the case with ADD and getting bored with things easily. It’s not that I don’t want to learn Korean, but I just have zero motivation to right now. Most of the time, we don’t even have to speak to know what each other is saying. Other international friends of ours have difficulty understanding what I’m saying sometimes because, as K so lovingly puts it, I talk too fast and mumble. He understands me just fine though! In case you are curious, you can here my voice on my crappy Youtube Channel 🙂 Oh, and you can see Chester in action in some of the vids! Bonus 😀
It’s that part, the understanding each other with just a look, that makes our household unique. Not only is our house a mix of Korean and American culture, but we have our own family culture as well. We both are obsessed with our cat Chester and just can’t understand why no one else is 😉 We have our own language to describe things about Chester. Seriously, we’ve made up words!
I love my little family and where we are living now. Our home is small, but it’s definitely “ours” because we’ve made it so. I wanted to show you a bit of what our house looks like:
And of course, Chester.