28 (Wed) July 2010
from Bindae Ddeok Maeul
at my parents’ home
-Bundang, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Korea-
I stopped by my parents’ place in Bundang to drop something off and found my father home alone making ramyeon for dinner, my mother not yet back from an overseas overnighter. This might have been the only time ever that I’ve seen him cook.
Once, when I was in elementary school, my mother was away for some reason, and my father made me hot dogs for lunch. An exciting prospect at the moment that he handed me the brown paper bag, I actually said the words “hot diggity dog!” But it didn’t turn out so great a few hours later, by lunch time, after the hot dogs had turned cold, not so hot diggity. I didn’t see him make the food that time, so it doesn’t count.
On this evening, I went across the street to a restaurant, got a couple of kimchi jeon, brought them back to the apartment, and shared them with my father, along with a cup or five of rice wine.