16 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: October 14, 2020

  1. I hope that Daffy and Donald Duck at least showed up for the effort!! I never could whistle like other kids could do and I remember kids took a blade of grass and whistled that way … what was my problem. (Most likely Mom said “ladies don’t whistle!”) (Since we’ve compared our childhoods, you just smiled at that sentence.)

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    • They didn’t hear the call…only the local ants peeking out to hear the strange sound.
      I know what you mean about your mom’s response. Being Asian and growing up closely with old school grandma; so many restrictions. And Korean tradition is that you don’t wear white in your hair; sign of mourning. I wouldn’t dare wear it around her; she’d freak. Although I rolled my eyes at all the dated rules, I now appreciate the underlying rationale of maintaining decorum and modesty.
      I hope you are having a good Sunday!

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      • I’m behind and reading this message on a Monday … still another rainy day for goodness sake. We’ve had pretty nice weather until yesterday and this upcoming week of rain in the forecast. The rollercoaster of cold/hot is okay, just as long as it’s clear. I wish I could send some rain your way. My parents were strict with me from an early age and like you, with no siblings to pave the way to lighten restrictions, it was tough – tougher for you due to Korean traditions. We emerged better in the long run though Esther.

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      • Strict homes…having sibling/s would’ve helped buffer all that attention from parents. Whew, it was a tough experience growing up Asian American and getting mixed messages of who I was supposed to be, as well as coping with learning issues from a brain injury and relearning what I’ve lost with no down time. Most Korean families are obsessive about academic achievement and I wasn’t doing well. Ohhhh, you can imagine the stress! Hard as it was, I have a lot of empathy for students and learning. lol

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      • Moving to the States from Canada was not a good experience for me and I had been a straight-A student in Canada and loved school and then we moved here and my grades were abysmal. My parents were mad – I didn’t want to tattle on what was going on at school with paddling by the teacher for no reason, kids beating me up, but I got a lot of flak from my parents for bad grades. I have always admired foreign-born kids for their smarts – they are driven to excel based on family expectations – many Asian or Hindu doctors, smart as a whip due to their upbringing.

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      • I had no idea your early childhood was in Canada. I can imagine how difficult the transition to a new country and school must’ve been. So sorry about those bad experiences; I remember the paddle too. What an archaic process. And the bullies? There’s always one of those individuals, unfortunately.
        Immigrant children have it hard with the parental pressure and dealing with family language barriers. Yikes. I’m glad that’s behind me.

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      • We are stronger for going through that now, but it was brutal at the time, that is for sure. Yes, immigrant children had/have it difficult but they excel in their studies and are also are fluent in two languages to begin with.

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