April On The Go!
April started out with a bang… well really it was a flight. We headed back to the States to visit my family, show off our new baby and meet the other new babe in our family that was born in Australia just a month before ours. What a global family we have, huh? While we have always planned side trips out of Ohio on our trips Stateside so that we could see more and do more, this trip was all about staying in the home and around the home. Of course all of our family, friends and neighbors wanted to meet the two new babies so home it was and it was really refreshing in the end.
I couldn’t help but notice how many flowers there were everywhere. After living in Korea for so long where flowers and flowering trees tend to be purposefully placed in parks or near sidewalks, it was a wonder to see random tulips here and there because the squirrels had moved the bulbs over the winter. While Koreans tend to head to a specific place to see the blooming spring flowers, all I had to do was walk out my back door to the beautiful garden my mom had pruned and preened over the years. There were cherry blossom trees and peach blossom trees in yards down the streets of our neighborhood and all over the suburb that I used to call home and it really shocked me because I just didn’t remember there being so many spring flowers when I was growing up, but then again, I probably wasn’t looking for them. It’s funny the things we remember and the things we don’t about where we grew up or lived.
Walking through the market with ample space and having people still say “excuse me” and “pardon” though we hadn’t even touched shoulders was a delight. Living in a big city where people just become immune to common etiquette at times can really be surprisingly stressful over time. I hadn’t realized how much I just needed space and needed to be apologized to for… nothing. Walking down the street of our neighborhood and saying hello and having a snippet of a conversation with a random person walking the other direction just because we’re both out walking and so that commonality condones friendliness is charming. It’s those little things that I realized I miss and now with a baby in my arms, I miss them even more. While older Korean women were stopping me every time I went outside to tell me my baby was cold and to cover her up before we left, every stranger that stopped to have a look in the States told me how cute our baby was. YES! Of course she is! That’s all I needed to hear.
We got to do a behind the scenes tour at the Cincinnati Zoo and meet some elephants, a screaming armadillo who screamed and scared the daylights out of one of the babies… ours was fine. I decided she’s used to listening to crying cats because ours can be pretty annoying sometimes so a screaming anything is just another day at our house. We fed some giraffes and saw some new lion cubs. And though I wasn’t blogging too much I did manage to get an article printed up in this months Groove magazine. It was my first time in the mag, so I’m pretty stoked about that.
Though I’ve enjoyed my time in Korea and living here, I need a break every so often just to unwind and remember who I am, where I come from and what I’m doing and this trip was apparently sorely needed though I hadn’t realized it. Ohio how I miss you… and I didn’t even know it. Thanks for the good times.