A heart-warming story of a 75 year-old widow learning how to write Korean has been doing the rounds on Facebook. The elderly citizen recently learned how to read and write Hangul [the Korean alphabet] at the ‘Culture and Athletic Center of Namhae County‘. The center held a writing contest for elderly citizens who have just learned how to write Hangul. For the contest, the widow, Ms Park Sang-yup, wrote a letter [above photo] to her deceased husband and won a prize. Her story was so impressive that one of the local newspapers put it in print.
A catastrophic war, rapid development and widespread urbanisation means it is not that unusual for some of the older generation to not be able to read or write Korean. Interested in learning yourself? Check out this webtoon.
To You in Heaven
Today, I call your name with a broken heart. It has been 55 years since you left. You said you’d be back soon, but you’re nowhere to be seen ’til this day. You can’t imagine how our family’s lives have been. Your parents passed away and our then-4 month old son is now a bank branch manager in Busan. He’s on the right path in life. It was difficult to live off of our small plots of land, so I worked hard to educate our son, selling things at Jagalchi Market. How have you been for last 55 years? Will we recognise each other when we meet? One day, when I follow your path to heaven, please find me. Take care, until the day we’re reunited.
Comments from Facebook:
My eyes are watering.
This is so sad…
What a heart-warming story ㅠㅠ
Jeong Kwangnam :
Oh..ma’am.. You are quite a woman.. How you must have wanted to learn how to write..ㅠㅠ
Dmitry Je :
This is so sad… I’m glad her son is doing well ㅠ
I’m so moved by this story ㅠㅠ My eyes are watering~
It’s so sad.. Tears are falling down my face like rain.
I really ‘like’ this story.
I’m actually crying ㅠㅠ
Yoo Martin Seung Ho:
Jong Wook Kim :
THIS is love…
Grandma, you rock!!
Sunghwan Cho :
Kyunghee Kim :
This is REAL LOVE… We shouldn’t use the word lightly…
Oh! I’m in the office, working extra hours and crying!!
ㅠㅠ Ah…This is gut-wrenching..
Late in the night, crying ㅠ
Wow… This story is something… It makes me cry..
I can feel that this is how married couples are supposed to be…
I’m barely holding my tears back.. I hope she lives a long and healthy life..
The weight of the word, love..
Sangkook Lee :
Wow~ She’s lived quite a life, lost her husband in her twenties..?
Her ‘Han’ and sorrow towards the past are so palpable..
Ah, I’m crying ㅠㅠ I wish you happiness, ma’am!
Sora Lee :
Isn’t there a possibility that she lost her husband during the Korean War, considering phrases like, ‘You said you’d be back soon’, ‘Take care, until the day we’re reunited’.