The men of Songwon

Min-Hugh, on the right, cannot speak or sing in anything but a drone. When I tried to get his first grade class to sing “Wheels on the Bus” last year, he single handedly killed it. His voice practically made everyone fall asleep. I almost told him the same thing my mom told my little sister one time as we drove along in our station wagon listening to Chicago or Raffi as Rebecca sang along, “Oh Becca, give it up!!”

But Min-Hugh absolutely loves to dance. Its infectious and it doesn’t matter if there is any music. If you are singing or chanting to a beat, Min-Hugh’s got a dance to match.

Then there is Tiger on the right. Excuse me, Tiger Adam Scott Woods. He is a huge golfer and one of my best students.

I am not sure I have ever heard him speak Korean. He is one of those kids that seems to feel bad that I don’t understand Korean, so in my presence it is all English even when it is so hard to find the words for him.

Then there is this boy. I don’t know his name and he doesn’t know a lick of English. He speaks to me in Korean, just like I speak to him in English. The funny thing is, both of us act like we understand the other one. He just smiles all the time anyway and usually at the sight of me just yells “Teacher!”
These are the boys that can turn my day around on a dime. My bad moods are no match for these men of Songwon.


  1. Brittany says:

    I know you want to snatch them up, stuff them in a suitcase and bring them back to the states with you.


  2. Summer says:

    Whit and Linds–Why is one child in the top photo wearing a mask?


  3. Koreans are obsessed with masks. Most women wear them out when walking or hiking to protect their skin from pollution or to protect their makeup, from what we understand.But the children also will wear them if they are sick (sometimes).


  4. Summer says:

    I’d like to put a mask on some people who come to school/work sick, so that part makes sense.


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