Brian called from work, Monday, to tell me that a coworker told him that she was friends with a woman from Korea. Apparently, she and her husband had been trying to find us all summer. They mentioned to his coworker that there was a couple looking to learn Korean with 3 Korean adoptees. See we had left our name and number at a sushi restaurant in May because a couple of people there were Korean and we were hoping they may know of someone willing to teach us. Somewhere in there our number was lost and the couple they found couldn't find us.
But, when his coworker heard 3 adoptees she knew it was us because well...we're the only ones around with that many. I was so beyond excited. I waited for 2 more days until she brought in the husband's business card and my husband caught up with her to get it. I called that very night. He is American and she is Korean born. He speaks very good Korean as well. She has been gracious enough to start teaching the girls and I one night every week. I told them I don't have these deluded great expectations of being fluent, but would like to know more and for the 3 of us to learn as much as possible. She's doing it for free and I feel bad because she's not really getting anything in return for her time with us. She's even offered to cook Korean dishes.
She and I just spent tonight getting to know each other before we start into more lessons, so they came to our house to get to know our family. We had a great time talking about yummy Korean food that we've cooked, what we like and talking about Seoul. She was born in the same province as my two youngest were. I just hope it lasts as long as possible. She's very nervous. She says her English is not very good, but it's not bad either. I hope she knows she has no reason to be nervous with me. I'm thoroughly impressed by her.
We had a great night and I'm cautious hoping it won't end and maybe even a friendship will form. They truly seem like such a nice couple and my youngest took to her like I rarely see him with strangers. Chelsi already learned a few new words tonight. Her memory is awesome, so I think she will do better than the rest of us. It was nice, for the first time, to tell the girls goodnight in Korean.