Monday, December 20, 2010

too close for comfort

There are only 5 days until Christmas. Due to Korea's current events, my Christmas spirit is dwindling. Instead of enjoying myself while my students draw Christmas cards and sing Christmas carols- I am anxious and unsettled. Today South Korea followed through with their planned military drills on Yeonpyeong Island; a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea- bordering North Korean territory. North Korea threatened 'deadly retaliation' causing a very tense day for all. (Remember people- Seoul is only 120 miles away from Pyongyang) Seoul has been my home for 10 months- and the thought of war breaking out in this country is devastating. Koreans live with the threat of the North on a daily basis- living here and actually experiencing their fear right along with them is something words can't describe. As selfish as it sounds, I would really like to be back in the Christmas spirit and to look forward to my Thailand vacation. This week should be about Santa, peace and happiness; not bombs.

In the words of John Lennon, "Give peace of a chance."

Here's a really informative article for all to understand what's going on.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Hannah! I've been following the developments of this over the past few months and can only continue to keep you and your fellow South Koreans in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your Christmas spirit returns!! On a side note, your life is starting to sound like an excellent premise for a book!!!