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About Krissi Driver

An average, opinionated, independent "old" millennial from the American Midwest living in South Korea. Follow on the adventure!

acceptance into the Korean fold…

acceptance into the Korean fold...

This weekend, thanks to a passing remark about my sad-looking nail polish, I was invited to join the Korean women I teach with for manicures and lunch.

It was Friday, and we were all about to enjoy some cake to celebrate new beginnings for one of the school’s “desk teachers” (who, incidentally, sits at the front desk and acts as both a secretary and disciplinarian of sorts), and I made a remark about meaning to have polished my nails the night before. You see, that evening, we would also be holding a sort of “parent-teacher conference” for – you guessed it – the parents of our students. I had worn a nice dress to school and carted along an extra pair of shoes for the occasion, seeing as appearance here, as I’ve mentioned before, it pretty much a huge deal. And seeing as I wanted to look the part, I meant to have every part of my appearance as perfect as possible. What I had forgotten, however, was to touch up my nails… They really weren’t all that bad, but I wasn’t going to have the Korean mothers talk about “the blonde teacher” in any sort of negative light. So, in a moment of shock at my forgetfulness, I said to Brianna (my co-teacher) and Helena (our desk teacher), “Oh no! I forgot to repaint my nails!”

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because it’s not a real weekend until you’ve paraded around naked with the locals…

So.

If you’ve been following me, you probably have noticed that I’ve been absent for nearly two weeks. I have a really good explanation for that: I’m terribly lazy.

So, let’s catch up.

Last weekend, my new, dear friend, Kaylee D., came to town to go shopping and have an adventure. Kaylee’s my new South African BFF in SK. Why?? We’re both coffee freaks, we get along stupendously, and our initials are the same. (I discovered this last weekend and immediately was overcome with glee. I perhaps should mention that, on occasion, I am easily entertained.)

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North vs. South… What we’re really doing in the ROK

SK vs. NK... What we're really doing in the ROK

Photo courtesy of “Mike Stewart” on FaceBook.

 

I’ve had a number of concerned friends and citizens ask me, “So, what is everyone doing over there with all this ‘hubbub’ from North Korea?” Or, my other favorite: people I NEVER HEAR FROM are coming out of the woodwork to remind me to “be careful,” as if the next time I turn a street corner while wearing my headphones and listening to my “jams” (which ALL South Koreans do, by the way), some North Korean psychopath is going to jump out and slap me across the face with a “nuclear” weapon.

Now, I don’t say “nuclear” lightly. I’ve read the news, too. I know that the North Koreans have some weaponry up there that could cause some serious damage. I also know, thanks to the news, that there’s no way that what they have is advanced enough to reach American shores. Now, is it advanced enough to reach Seoul or my beloved Daegu? You betcha.

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school daze…

school DAZE

Kim Jong-un hard at work. Photo is compliments of my good friend, JW, complete with the following caption: “OH MY GAW… IF [KRISSI TEACHER] GIVES ME ANY MORE HOMEWORK I AM GOING TO FLIP OUT!!!!”

So, let’s talk about the reality of my job for a minute.

In short, I LOVE IT! And I’m not one of those people who will lie to you and say, “Oh yes, I love my job because I love the children!” That’s a lie, folks. They’re LYING to you. I WILL say that there are some of them that I’ve grown to ADORE on a completely professional teacher to adorable-Asian-child level. There are some of them that will lean on me while I grade their tests or little girls that will play with my hair… These are the ones that I want to kidnap, take to my apartment, and force them to cuddle with me while eating assorted chocolate treats and watching a vast array of Disney movies… Both of us would LOVE it. And then there are some that make me want to advocate for bringing spanking back into schools…

But back to the point. I love my job because while I don’t want to kidnap every kid that steps foot in my classroom (and I’m not even sure that I want children of my own, for that matter), I believe and understand that these kids are the future of our world. And I’m sorry to say, but most of them seem smarter than American kids… These are the kids that will save the planet from a massive zombie outbreak or a meteor flying to planet Earth. I am ALL ABOUT being a white girl on the Asian English train right now.

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Holy Holi! (133 photos)

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I’d like to share my Snapfish photos with you.

(You’ll have to register with Snapfish if you’re not a member, but it’s free, and you don’t have to use it ever again!)

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