Sung Hyun and I celebrated our one-year aniversary this past Friday........yah I know, one year!!!! I can remember arriving in Korea and wanting so badly to turn around go back home. I was alone in a strange country and I never thought I would last a whole year. AND NEVER DID I THINK I WOULD EVEN CONSIDER DATING A KOREAN!!!!
When I met Sung Hyun I had only 2 short months left on my contract and I was going to return back to Canada..........forever. Sung Hyun was simply a cool guy who had a good sense of humor and the ability to make people laugh. I had fun with him.
Each time that I hung out with him I started to like him more and more but I was still set on returning back to Canada. And since he could hardly speak English I got my manager to write a letter to him in Korean explaining that I would be returing home soon. I gave him the letter when he came to my apartement and when he read it he went outside immediately. I remember that night so clearly. I am sure he was crying but he didn't want me to see. He took me for a drive out of Seoul and up to a secluded restaurant. The drive was very quiet as we talked about what we would do for the next 3 weeks that we had together. All he could say was 'his heart ached' .
Fortunately enough I was able to extend my contract for 2 more months and it was during this time that I knew I had something good with Sung Hyun. Then, I decided to return to Korea after a short 2 month visit in Canada.
I have been super cautious and guarded in this relationship for several reasons. Firstly, I know that there is a lot working against us........he speaks Korean, I speak English. His home is in Korea, my home is in Canada. Plus both of us are still very young.
Regardless of this, I consider myself extremely lucky to have someone who cares for me so much. Anyone that meets Sung Hyun tells me that it's apparent he has put alot of effort into this (not so normal) relationship. He tries..................and that is what counts!!!! You can really tell how much he cares for me.
On Friday (our one-year aniversary) he got 50 red roses delievered to my work. I was so surprised and beaming for the rest of the day!!!!
Sung Hyun has been studying English really hard because he is worried about what people will think of him when he goes to Canada. He wrote me a little journal in Korean and then attempted to translate everything to English.
And then we decided to walk home.
And somehow by the end of the night we all had mis-matched shoes!!!!