Today (May 8th) marks a very special holiday for families in South Korea: Parents’ Day. Originally the holiday was meant to commemorate South Korea’s hard-working mothers, but the holiday was eventually expanded to include the other parental unit in the traditional, hetero-normative family (i.e., The Father).
Children typically give carnations, roses, and cards to their parents as a gesture of gratitude and love. Adult children are not exempt from Parents’ Day gift-giving and festivities– although money and a trip to a traditional Korean restaurant might be a more common gift.
My kindergarteners spent the morning making colorful cards and badgering me to help them make paper carnations (which I dutifully but begrudgingly did). At any rate, the kids seemed to get a kick out of making something for their moms and dads, so general disorder aside, I can’t really complain.
This one’s for you Mama Kim and Tim! Happy Parents’ Day to my hilarious, dedicated and loving parents!! ^^