Thursday, October 04, 2012
Lessons from a Korean mother-in-law (part 13)
This is a post, in a series, dedicated to a mother-in-law that I dearly miss and deeply love. All posts in this series are true events that happened to me (believe it or not!)
Part 12 here
Part 1 - 11 here
Mom delicately pressed the ends of my towel together, matching the corners just right. Her precision and attention to detail was admirable. Things had to be done a certain way in mom's house.
"It's mom's way," Sung Hyun would often joke.
I knew what he meant. My mother is the same way.
I watched my Korean mom fold my towel in half like she was piecing together a puzzle. Then, with a needle and thread she started to sew it together.
"MOM! What are you doing?" I exclaimed.
"You're towel is too big," she replied. Mom mumbled something in Korean and I looked to Sung Hyun for translation. "The towel gets tangled when you wash it with other clothes"
I looked back at mom, still trying to process what was happening.
"So mom is going to sew my towel together every time she does laundry?" I asked Sung Hyun, laughing.
"I dunno, it's mom's way!" he said.
Mom did exactly that. For the entire duration that we lived with her she sewed my towel together just so it wouldn't tangle up the other clothes. I often thought it would have just been faster to untangle the clothes rather than sew up the towel.
But that wouldn't have been "mom's way"