Another day, another drawing (I wish).
I found a photo of great grandfather and grandmother Ree
…there is no thought, “I have attained something.” When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners.
— Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
The cynical me says if President George W Bush can do it, how hard can it be? But the real reason is I’ve always wanted to draw and admired and encouraged my friends who had the talent, but gave up trying myself around the sixth grade.
Later, I learned that “having talent” for something just means willingness to practice at it and fail, a lot. It was feeling embarrassment over the latter that kept me from seriously attempting to learn drawing.
I’m taking the bus this afternoon to meet someone for coffee and an old memory hits me.
I’m in the third grade and the Cub Scouts are going to be performing a skit for the school. My two friends, Kenny and Tom, are going to be playing old ladies.
Here is a picture of Grandpa Aboji with his family. To his right is his older sister. This was taken when Aboji went back to Korea for the first time in close to 20 years.
My grandfather is in the middle foreground. He was recently commemorated on a postage stamp in South Korea.
The artist messed up. There is no reason for my grandfather to be wearing a sweater under his suit. 😉
Edit: Letter from my cousin
Oh man I love your blog posts. I scrolled quickly to the one on grandpa and thought you should know… he did frequently wear a sweater under his suit! I have strong memories of a camel colored one and sometimes a soft burgundy cardigan worn almost like a suit vest. To me, it was an extra suave, climate-prepared, and eccentric detail I was glad got captured in the stamp.
“Let me tell you why I want to visit the bookstore. The next thing I’m supposed to draw is a green pepper. But because of its shape, I’m having trouble getting started. I thought maybe I could find a different drawing book to distract myself until I can get the energy.”
“So that’s why you have that on our dining room table,” she noted. “You know it’s gotten to the point where the pepper has acne.”
“Heck, it’s much worse than just acne,” I observe.
“Yeah. Did you know that it’s a ghost pepper?”
“Oh? Then it must be really hot.”
“No, not hotter than a regular bell pepper.”
“But, green peppers have a Scoville rating of zero. Ghost peppers are supposed to be hot.”
“Well then not that. It’s a special pepper though.”
“The only thing special about that pepper is it has pepper leprosy. Maybe what makes it special is it’s got Pepprosy.”
Browsing through the Tips app in iOS 10, I discovered the new “invisible ink” feature. Time to test it out for its intended purpose by texting dick pics to my boo.
She was understandably shocked (hence the sticker reply)
Her: Let me finish the episode of this Korean drama.
Me: Why you watching that? You have Korean drama right here! *points at self*
She laughed, so I had to tweet it. 🙂
I think the drama was Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, which she described as, “Kdrama version of Outlander.” All I could tell was everyone looks like a girl, and since all asians look alike to me, I wasn’t going to get my head in a knot watching it.
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My aunt started an e-mail thread in my family. I’ll include excerpts here periodically.
I am cleaning the house of more pictures — so many. In the album Grandma Omma left, I found some pictures your mom. I will send another email of your mom and dad’s wedding that you probably have seen already.
My mom, like her father before her, loved science. She started in physical chemistry like her father but her heart condition caused by rheumatic fever led her to work in biophysics studying the neural network of the heart and heart arrhythmias.