Christmas Eve was one of the busiest days of my life. I worked all day preparing for my upcoming class on presentation skills, had a dinner date with my girlfriend and then played three gigs, the last of which ended slightly before five o’clock Christmas morning. Thus, when I woke up at eleven AM on Christmas I was kinda groggy and grumpy. It took a couple more hours to muster up some strength and positivity and venture out with m’lady to deliver presents.
One of her students is a three year old boy named Hero. We went to his house in Northern Seoul and delivered a car set and a Christmas ice cream cake. He was initially apprehensive because I have a white face and he kept asking his mom if I only spoke English. I played with him a bit though and spoke some Korean to him and shortly thereafter he went into performance mode and nothing else mattered. Aside from his enthusiasm for cars (he can identify a bunch of brands by emblem alone), Hero is primarily a performer of Beatles songs. He’s on TV over here all the time.
Here’s the gist of it:
His dad has put up a series of videos which you can check out here: heroisborn
We ate cake, put together the car set, sat through a couple experimental performances and then went out for “green galbi”, which was quite delicious. After eating, I played with Hero and his little brother so their parents could eat. Then went home and, funny enough, watched Heroes. Clair and I have watched the whole series in the past few weeks, but its entertainment value has taken a dive. Now it’s just laughable.
Of course I was thinking of family and friends back home, and it wasn’t the traditional Christmas I’ve known in the past, but there was gift-giving and bonding at least. And I wasn’t sick this year which is always a plus!