19. Dear Mama

One mother’s letter to her young daughter:

“Thanks for watching me so that I can be accountable to my words. So that I’ll pinch at the cushy layer around my hips less, and quit trying to deny the things I need – like quiet and a little space – because I want you to not be afraid to ask for what you need. And along those same lines I hope you see me asking for help…Watch your dad and I work intentionally on our marriage. Forget what you heard Cinderella say the other night, because even though you may indeed experience the grace of finding “the one” you need to know that “the one” will disappoint you at times and make mistakes but, little girl, it’s still a fairy tale and real life fairy tales are so much prettier than the movies. Because scabs, wounds and trials just make us shinier. And they give us stories worth telling.”

Thankful for all the strong loud loving women who have raised me. 

You made all of us. 


(Photo: Halmuni blowing out her Mother’s Day cake)

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19. Dear Mama

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1. Zara’s mid-season sale = my lunch break. That yellow dress is spring…for only $24.95.

2. A trend I can’t get behind, mainly because it reminds me of my old Korean grandpa.

3. Mother’s Day is May 10th, which means you have three weeks to buy her something she’ll return or re-gift. Or this card, for the woman who taught you how to love generously and make kimchi pancakes.

4. Cup of Jo just posted an interview with a weddings reporter with relationship advice that’s actually helpful. One of many pearls:

What to look for in a partner: I once interviewed a psychologist for a column, and I asked him readers’ questions about what to look for in a mate. Without fail, his answer to almost every question was “choose someone kind, choose someone kind.” It was like a broken record, and I was annoyed. But you know what? Being with somebody who is fundamentally kind — to children and waiters and dogs — means that at the end of the day, they will be kind to you.

5. Just started this show and I’m addicted.

6. Tomorrow is Administrative Professionals Day. That’s all.

Happy Tuesday.

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