If only I had a penny for every wrong I’ve made in Korea… Committing faux pas #6398545.

I got in trouble at school today. It appears that I have offended the Korean moms. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to recover- this is serious business.

The day began like any other. I show up to my classroom fashionably late and commence my morning routine of turning on the electrical equipment, opening windows, and preparing for first period. My co-teacher enters the classroom and we exchange our obligatory script-like formalities. I recite my new Korean sentences I memorized the previous night and she responds by detailing the responsibilities of a crossing guard in broken English.

Confusion is an understatement.

Five minutes later, she’s still going on about crossing guards and I’m still trying to figure out why. She grabs a marker and starts drawing pictures on the dry erase board to further illustrate her explanations. Apparently, I’m missing the point. No kidding. I finally tell her we have crossing guards that do the same thing in the United States, too, but in neon instead of high heels.  She’s baffled.

And then the truth comes out. Apparently a couple of Korean moms TEXTED the principal and told him I didn’t understand the crosswalk system, that I must wait until the crossing guard (aka Korean mom) blows her whistle before I can transverse the narrow one way alley and enter my school.

I kindly explained that I always mind the crossing guards in the presence of children but that as a 25 years old (Korean age), I am fully capable of  walking the 10 feet to the entrance of my school without a whistle and a flag.

My principal brought it up again at lunch. I will now wait for the whistle and apologize to the mothers.

I wish they taught this stuff in college.

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June 30, 2010. Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. Mary replied:

    This is good. I wish they taught that stuff in college, too. Maybe we should make up our own university and call it Things you actually need to learn to live after the age of 22.

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