Along the way, he was introduced to a young language student, studying to become a translator. The mutual acquaintance thought they could practice talking together. As it turns out, they began doing more than talking. They started spending a lot of time together, and it has turned into a romance.
A few weeks ago, Dawon announced on FaceBook that she was coming to America. She had a four week translator's seminar to attend. And my parents asked if she'd be able to come visit.
And my parents began showing her what life in the South was like. Whirlwind tours of some of our local attractions. Zboy and I got to go along on a few.
We started with the basics... BBQ out of a trailer next to a gas station. Mmmmm....
A couple of days later, we took her to the Tallahassee Museum and showed her the 1800's farm- stead, complete with cow, sheep, turkeys, and actual buildings!
I've always loved these buildings... If Florida weren't so overcrowded and people could still trust their fellow man, we could save a bundle on AC because these buildings are so COOL inside! They take advantage of shade and crosswind and are quite lovely to hang out in.
After recovering in the AC, ZBoy, Dawon and I left Mom in there and went to do the nature trail. After exposing Dawon to Florida wildlife (impressive, especially the alligator which has grown quite large now), we met Mom back at the Trailhead Cafe for lunch.
On our way out, we stopped by the caboose. This was always ZBoy's favorite part of the museum when he was little. He always loved climbing up into the engineer's seat where they could look out over the top of the train and see the scenery rushing by.
One year, our Christmas cards included a picture of him on the back of the caboose - just like this picture of Dawon!
Darling Man is quite the foodie. He loves trying out new cuisines - especially those of the Asian variety. So you can imagine how excited he was when we were invited out to the farm for an authentic Korean dinner, prepared by Dawon!
One of the dishes was a potato dumpling soup (dumpling in the American sense, not the pocket-like dishes in several Asian cuisines).
Mom decided she'd give this dumpling-thing a try. Darling Man got in on the action too.
While the grown-ups were in the kitchen, watching and sometimes participating as Dawon put together our meal of soup, rice, beef and kimchee, the kids occupied themselves in the family room...
Kimchee is a Korean dish made with cabbage and spices. It can be very mild or very spicy. And for some people (Darling Man) spicy is never spicy enough. Better to have some of the local hot sauce on hand to turn up the heat!
Rather looks like a yin-yan symbol... And I am terribly enamored of the tableware... It is so delicate to look at and to handle - I want to get some soon!!! It's absolutely beautiful.
With the table laid, we gathered around for the blessing. The children ate in the family room on the coffee table. I'd brought some macaroni and cheese and spinach for them just in case, but they devoured their Korean dinner and asked for more!
The next night, Darling Man and I reciprocated with a good, old-fashioned American cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, potato salad and baked beans. The swimming pool was a big hit in the heat of the day, and ZBoy, Dawon and I played in the pool while Darling Man cooked.
For dessert, we had a pear custard (made by Mom, inspired by seeing "Julia & Julia"), Georgia pecan pie, and Key Lime pie with coffee. Everyone had a smidge of each.
After dinner, ZBoy headed upstairs, Darling Man played a video game, and Mom, Dad, Dawon and I looked at old photo albums. She got to see childhood photos of Matt as well as everyone else, photos of places Mom and Dad took her to from our own past visits, and animals we've had as my family grew up.
Bleary-eyed and full of cook-out food, they decided it was time to go. Mom had been sitting on the floor and had a little trouble getting up after so long...
Bye, Dawon!!! See you on FaceBook!