Almost time to say goodbye. Just a day or so left until he heads back to Korea. Our hearts are heavy, but filled with joy at the experience we have had with him. Our exchange student Jinui (권진의) has been with us since June, but he is genuinely as much a part of our family as any of our kids. If you ever got to spend any time with him, you’ll know he’s just like any 16 year old here in America.
He forgets to put his dishes away. He talks trash when playing basketball. He’ll eat ANYTHING (but loves Bacon Cheeseburgers). He’ll sleep all day, if you let him. He’s super popular with the girls.
He’s also kind, caring and helpful. He’s incredibly intelligent, and his English is better than some of his friends.
We are humbled by the experience, and we will forever be grateful for the chance to be his home family for his American life.
A funny story:
Somewhere, this extra helpful kid learned we sometimes say “Say no more!” when being asked for help around the house. For him, he remembered something different: “Say less!”. So our joke was that he would always tell us “Say less!” if we needed anything from him.
A serious story:
He told us that the people of Korea, as a country, continue to have a deep sense of appreciation and thanks for the American sacrifices that keep his home country safe, free and at peace. That one hits right in the chest.
A hilarious story:
Me: “So, are you going to stay connected with your Oregon friends when you go back?”
Him: “Probably. I don’t really use social media, though.”
Me: “But you’ll keep SnapChat?”
Him: “Oh yea. I gotta keep connected to ‘dem girrrrrlz.”
We love you, Jin! Thank you for being a part of our lives!