* Last Thursday was Children's Day. I suppose it makes sense. We celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day and (to a lesser extent) Grandparent's Day in the United States. Korea instead has a Parent's Day and a Children's Day. The school has a policy of celebrating this day. This year each grade went to a different location for a picnic. Grade four went to Cibodas, a big park south and west of the school. Wednesday it was sunny. In fact it hadn't rained in a week. What happened Thursday? It poured relentlessly all day. Not the fault of JIKS, but we all know there is no surer way to make it rain than to schedule a picnic, or wash your car. The park had a very small covered area to accommodate lunching. The ride took approximately two and a half hours each way, which left us an hour to sit and eat. The (chuckle) bonuses of the day? The teachers had their own van and didn't have to ride with screaming children, that teacher's van stopped at Starbucks on the way, the rain meant we didn't do anything other than walk around and say hello, the Korean moms fed us (it was all cold Korean food, but hey! a free lunch is a free lunch) and we got a bit of overtime pay, though none of us can figure out why and we didn't ask.
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