This month is St. Patrick's Day and I think back to the memories of everything being dyed green by my mother for one day. Irish soda bread baked in the oven and our kitchen was filled with corned beef and cabage. Irish jigs filled the air and I never forgot what day it was. Our house was a mix of St. Patrick's Day meals, a Polish breakfast at Easter, and me with Korean heritage. I remember my the first question my Polish grandfather would ask me every time he visited, "Are you still my Polish Korean?" I would answer yes and he would hand me a jar of his leftover poker change. I thought I was rich at that age. It's stories like this that keep us tied to our roots. We should celebrate them. We are all American when you put us in the same room but the difference made our stories. The cultures that we sometimes forget are part of who we are and form our whole character. So go look in the mirror today and celebrate what you see staring back at yourself. I just wanted to share this story today with you because it is part of my inspiration for my characters. It's a celebration of who we all are inside. We should teach our children the exercise of standing in front of mirror for all the validation of character they will ever need in life. As a Korean Adoptee, I found that sometimes the shelves are empty with examples. I hope I'm helping fill up the empty spaces but we all need to do our part. We need to stop, reflect and remember that we are walking examples that fill more than one volume or one shelf on in a store. So, celebrate today and tomorrow with the Irish because we all need to remember every part of who we are.
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