When a Korean moves into a new place, all their friends can’t wait until they have a housewarming. It just so happens that a friend of mine just moved into a new apartment. We were thrilled because we didn’t realize she was going to be living in walking distance of our house. She plans on us visiting back and forth a lot. The housewarming was this afternoon, and everyone had a great time! You may recognize some of the guests from other blogs.
Grace is the lady who had a house warming. Grace speaks English well. She went to school in America and worked in America for a while as a nurse after she finished school, but is back in Korea, married, and has a baby now. You have seen her brother more than once in my blogs, Joseph. Her sister is Unyeong, one of the women singing Christmas carols in my previous blog. All three of these people are some of my best friends in Korea.
The gifts at the housewarming was quite interesting. They were the traditional gifts just like I have told you about. There was lots and lots of toilet paper as gifts. If you have read my other blogs, you will know that if someone gives toilet paper as a gift, they are wishing the person a long life. We decided to give her cooking oil wishing her riches. However, from the looks of her apartment, she is already doing really well.
Sweet potato pizza on the left, and cheese pizza on the right/ The kids have to eat something not quite as spicy.
The menu was very Korean. As Unyeong was putting the chicken on the table, I asked in Korean, “Is it spicy?” (Unyeong has tried to speak English, but has basically given it up.) Unyeong replied, “No,” and then she paused, “Well, a little spicy.” I had to say, “Okay, when a Korean says, ‘A little spicy,’ I know that means it is spicy, ” and she laughed and said, “You understand a lot!” I have learned that what is just a little spicy to a Korean may burn our mouths off and let us feel like we are burning holes in our stomachs. Yes, I have learned.
Everyone was having a great time! If you look back over in the kitchen, you can see Grace still working on her rice balls. She just kept working and couldn’t seem to make enough because everyone loved her rice balls.
Everyone laughed and talked while Grace sat off by herself making more and more rice balls with seaweed and sesame seed. Her rice balls were really good! While she worked, her husband kept making more sandwiches. I didn’t try his sandwiches because the meat looked a little pink which meant it was spicy, and I have a hard time trying Korean sandwiches because often they put strange things in them.
Everyone had a blast at the housewarming! They enjoyed the food. They enjoyed laughing and talking. We all just enjoyed being together. We had to be the first ones to leave because we had an appointment across town for me to teach a Bible class.