13.027 Ddeok Mandu Guk

Cycle 13 – Item 27

1 (Tue) February 2022

Ddeok Mandu Guk


by Mom

at their home

-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with the Family, Mom + Dad

As per family protocol on the major holidays, we split the day between my parents and W’s parents, one meal with each.


For brunch, my mother made ddeok (mandu) guk, the traditional New Year dish.

In 13 cycles, I have yet to enlighten GMTD readers with an explanation as to why eating rice cakes signifies aging an additional year.  Maybe next time.

Recently, I accused IZ of being a Benedict Arnold because he’d opted to watch a movie with his mother in her room, rather than with me in mine.

IZ: “Who’s Benedict Arnold?”

Me: “He’s a traitor, the most famous traitor in American history.”

IZ: “What did he do?”

Me: “I don’t know, come to think of it.”

How easy it would be, at this very moment, to Google “Benedict Arnold,” and yet I resist.


For dinner, MIL made her typical spread.  The highlight was grilled beef, which I didn’t eat.  Fortunately, there was a plate of parboiled squid, which I ate.


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