Belated Thank You Ė Iíve been busy this week writing thank you letters to those people who brought or sent gifts for Andyís birth.† Heís two months old now but weíre still getting packages in the mail from friends we havenít seen in years and family we havenít even met. Some of the foreign church missionaries had planned a March, Saturday night baby shower for me, but the announcement wasnít made in church until the day of the shower. Since we typically donít go shopping on Saturday (our Biblical Sabbath) I received a whole 2 presents but we had a lot of fun with games and food.† I could enjoy it and not feel hurt because we didnít need the help financially and itís not Korean style to have wedding nor baby showers; however, I wasnít prepared for the outpouring of gifts given during visits to see the baby at the hospital and at home.† The gifts count too, but for me, itís the thought that count the most.
Koreans are generous people.† I mentioned before how they usually give the royal treatment to foreigners (especially their teachers) but they are generous to each other also.† Typically, Koreans are good at saving money (remember chonsae?) but will still splurge on gifts for family and friends. This article is not meant to make anybody feel bad that didnít send a gift (your emails are my gift to speed my recovery) but to uplift and show appreciation to those that did.
Speaking of giving thanks, I have a
long list of people I need to thank but Iíll limit it today to the angels of
1974.† In the summer of 1974 I was 6
years old, in the laundry/utility room sweeping.† I went to the closet for the dustpan and must
have found an electrical wire of some kind.†
Since coming to
The outpouring of love in the form of
gifts was astounding from the Panhandle people that heard about me on the news
or read it in the paper.† Yaíll gave so much to a little girl that you didnít even
know.† You werenít concerned about race
or citizenship. You only cared that I was a human being.† When we came from
†† A belated thank you to so many of you who gave in the form of prayer, gifts and other ways.† Thanks to the schoolmates for not teasing me about my eye. A special thanks to the neighbors who drove me to the hospitals. Thanks to the police officers who guided us on the road. Of course, thanks to the doctors who saved my life.† If you were one of my benefactors Iíd like to know about it and Iíd especially like to know the names of the people who drove me to the hospitals.† Iím sure many of the givers were of that selfless, self-sacrificing† ďgreatest generationĒ and may not be with us anymore. Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org† or snailmail me at: Maggie Choi
Byeongjeomri Anhwa Maul 2 chan Unam Firstville 202-dong 501-ho