Like last month, my Timeless Thoughts entry for this month will be dedicated to someone I love and miss dearly. Last month, it was my beloved bunny, Grumpy. This month is my maternal grandmother, my halmeoni, which is Korean for grandmother.
Yi Hyeon Sook
May 4, 1919 – June 25, 2014
She was my last remaining grandparent, and the one I knew the best. Both of my grandfathers passed away before I was born, and my paternal grandmother is someone I only met twice because she lived in the states, and I lived in Korea. My living in Korea allowed me to see my maternal grandmother often.
I miss her. I was her favourite grandchild, and to her, I could never do any wrong. I gave her money whenever I could. I baked her sweets and treats (like her birthday cake I baked in 2012 pictured above), and I even tried gluten-free baking when I discovered her gluten intolerance. Basically, because my mum treated her well, I took after my mum and treated Halmeoni well.
I miss her dialect. She lived in the South Jeolla province, and their dialect is awesome. Whenever I visited her or talked to her, I picked up on some of the unusual verb conjugations, like the “땅게” (ddang-gae) one, which is my absolute favourite.
I miss her for her courage and independence. Halmeoni lived through the Japanese occupation and World War II, survived the Korean War, and was widowed in her 60s, where she lived by herself from the early 1980s to her death. She worked on her farm and rice paddies for years until her late 80s.
I miss you, Halmeoni. Thank you for loving me and thank you for everything.