Monday, June 24, 2013

Korean Camp



If you had a secret window into my life right now, you'd find me holed up in a sketchy Howard Johnson watching Keeping up with the Kardashians.

I'm just putting it out there - I like it.

The K's, not the HOJO.

But don't judge too harshly, because this is only my first-ever episode. There's time for my tune to change. I'll keep you posted.

I just dropped my dude off at Korean Culture Camp. I asked him on the way here last night what he was most excited about. Without hesitating, he said, "For the first time ever, I'll fit in."

(Go ahead, grab a tissue.)

He was a little nervous, but they wrangled all of the 2nd and 3rd graders together and most of them were boys. Man, it pinched my heart up. I hope he lets go and has some big-time, rowdy-boy fun. I hope this fills a little bit of the ache I know exists in there.

If you think of it, say a little prayer for him. It might not seem like the hugest deal, but looks can be deceiving.

Meanwhile, I have a stack of books (this, this, this, this), mags and a fountain Coke at 10 in the morning. I'm a woman of leisure in the HOJO.

That came out wrong.

At noon I'll be heading back to camp to dine on rice and noodles with my main squeeze. We have big plans to tool around the MSU campus this evening and find some Asian food for dinner. We're just gonna go ahead and geek out on all-things-Asian.

I'm so lucky to get this time with C-ster. So proud of my brave boy.


29 comments:

  1. You are at MSU?!? My alma mater! Enjoy East Lansing. It is a lovely campus. Hope your boy has a great time.

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  2. My alma mater too!! You are a great mother...I hope your boy has a wonderful week.

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  3. East Lansing is home! Let me know if you need anything and be sure to get ice cream at the MSU Dairy Store.

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    1. We got lost on the way to camp with our utter lack of technology (good times!) but the GOOD news is that we wound our way through campus and saw lots of good stops for later, including the Dairy Store. It's definitely on our list!

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  4. I'm so glad you have Elizabeth Berg to keep you company. Also, probably best to not call yourself a woman of leisure of the HoJo...

    Miss you!

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  5. What a beautiful moment for your son! I know how it can feel when you're "different" than the other kids...praying that the Lord does great things in his heart and soul at Korean Camp. Enjoy "all-things-Asian"!!

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  6. So FUN! Is there a website for this camp? My 9 year old brother-in-law is adopted from Korea and this sounds like something he may enjoy...

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  7. "I'll fit in."
    (There's something in my eye.)
    Hope he has lots of fun doing all those boy things :)
    Sounds like a really neat camp!

    ~ Blessings,
    Dana

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  8. Sweetest boy! Love that he'll get the opportunity to fit in. He is so blessed to have you for a mama!

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  9. My heart goes out to you. My daughter did culture camp in Albany New York many years ago......

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  10. Well, I LOVE this! Also, can we create a camp for mixed family adopted kids? Yes!!! Let's do it Shan!

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  11. this is SO cool.
    i am really excited about this.
    and about Korean camp too, not just HoJo. ;)

    jk. i'm excited about ALL of it.

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  12. Hello! What a great experience for your little boy. I saw a mom at swim team practice here in Missouri this morning with a bright green t-shirt that said, in huge, white bubble letters, "I heart CMB." It made me think of you, but I didn't have the gumption to ask her to snap a pic. I could work it up by tomorrow, however, if you'd like me to offer to buy it off her back for you. :)

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  13. WHAT a great idea! May it heal part of his ache!!!

    Would love to know what you think of the E. Berg book. I loved her older stuff, but have been really disappointed in her last couple of books! I love getting a glimpse into your "book bag". I have read several things out of it!

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    1. I'm liking it so far, but only on chapter 2. (I got sidetracked today!) :)
      I've felt in recent years that she sort of starting phoning them in...but my best girl Sarah (who has also read ALL of the Bergs) said that this one goes back to her roots. We shall see!

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  14. Oh Calvey and that heart of his. I'm all teary and happy for him. Can't wait to hear all about camp!

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  15. i love you for even knowing this camp existed and you didn't even have to ask--praying for your sweet boy and trusting his heart will be so filled by this.

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  16. Be still my heart.

    Your kids are so sweet, my teeth ache :)

    My husband didn't fit in as a kid. He is partially blind and kids are cruel when someone is different. When we were first dating, I told him I wish I had known him when we were kids. I would have been his friend....same with your buddy.

    I was always weird....too tall with freckles and firey red hair.

    May this week be go for both your souls...

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  17. I hope things went well. Sounds like a grand way to spend time with your big guy.

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  18. Oh boohoo. Never does it enter my consciousness that my two littles would think "For the first time ever, I'll fit in."

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  19. Prayers for sweet Calvin.
    And may HOJO's treat you like the special lady you are!

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  21. ugh, my heart! YOUR heart! What an awesome opportunity for him...is the camp all week? I know I'm coming into this late, so maybe it was a weekend thing? Whatever it is/was, I pray that God showed up in a BIG, BIG way and filled that little heart right up good!

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  22. I brought my daughter home from Korea (at the age of 4 months) 25 years ago. I tried so hard to expose her to "all things Korean" and she just didn't seem interested...I was so disappointed. She now tells me that she didn't like going to the "gatherings" hosted by our agency because she blended in--at home (city, school, church, family) she was "special". Go figure...every kid's different. All that matters is that our children "know" they're GOD'S CHILD...and OURS...whatever it takes to accomplish that. I pray that your time and your son's time is/was blessed beyond measure. God Bless!!

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  23. a little early but always good to start my day with big cry. :)
    how can they be so little and have such BIG DEEP thoughts.
    he is a wise one.
    i hope you are still at the HOJO.
    and feeling super duper relaxed.

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  24. He is one blessed boy to have a Mama like you who listens to God and cares enough about where he came from to send him to Korean camp. Okay, where did I put that tissue...?!

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