My mom only had one eye. I hated her ....
She was such an embarrassment. She ran
a small shop at a flea market. She collected
little weeds and such to sell, anything for
the money we needed.
She was such an embarrassment.
There was this one day during elementary
school. I remember it was field day and my
mom came. I was so embarrassed. How
could she do this to me? I threw her a
hateful look and ran out.
The next day at school, I heard, "Your
mother only has one eye.", as they taunted
me. I wish my mother would just disappear
from this world, so I said to my mom,
"Mom, why don't you have the other eye?
You're only going to make me a
Why don't you just die?
My mom did not respond. I guess I felt a
little bad , but at the same time it felt
good to think that I had said what I'd
to say all this time. Maybe it was because
mom hadn't punished me. I didn't think I had
hurt her feelings very badly.
That night I woke up and went to the kitchen
to get a glass of water. My mom was crying
there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that
might wake me. I took a look at her, then
away. Because of the thing I had said to her
earlier, there was something pinching at me
the corner of my heart. Even so I hated my
mother for crying out of her one eye.
So, I told myself I would grow up and become
successful, because I hated my one eyed
mom and our desperate poverty. Then I
real hard. I left my mother and came to
studied hard and got accepted in the Seoul
University with all the confidence I had.
Then I got married. I bought a house of my
Then I had kids too. Now I am living happily
a successful man. I live here because it is
place that doesn't remind me of my mom. This
happiness was getting bigger and bigger when
someone unexpected came to see me.
"What, Who's this?" It was my mother....
with one eye. I felt as if the whole sky was
falling apart on me. My little girl ran
scared of my mom's eye. And I asked her
"Who are you? I don't know you!!! As if I
to make that real I screamed at her "How
you come to my house and scare my daughter!
GET OUT OF HERE NOW!
And to this, my mother quietly answered, "Oh
I am so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong
address, " and she disappeared. Thank
she doesn't recognize me. I was quite
I told myself I wasn't going to care or
about it for the rest of my life.
Then a wave of relief came upon me... one
letter regarding a school reunion came to my
house. I lied to my wife saying I was going
business trip. After the reunion, I went
the old shack that I used to call home. Just
of curiosity, there I found my mother.
Fallen on the cold ground. But I did not
single tear. She had a piece of paper in her
It was a letter to me. She wrote:
My son, I think my life has been long enough
now. And, I won't visit Seoul anymore... But
would it be too much to ask if I wanted you
come visit me once in awhile"?
" I miss you so much. I was so glad when I
heard you were coming for the reunion, but I
decided not to go to the school....
For you .... I'm sorry that I only have one
and I was an embarrassment for you.
You see, when you were very little you got
an accident and lost your eye. As a mother,
couldn't stand watching you grow up with
one eye so I gave you mine...
I was so proud of my son that was seeing a
whole new world for me, in my place, with
eye. I was never upset at you for anything
The couple of times you were angry with me
I thought to myself, 'it's because he loves
I miss the times when you were still young
around me. I miss you so much. I Love You!
You mean the world to me.
My world shattered!!! Then I cried for the
person who lived for me.... *My Mother*
Never take someone for granted.
Hold every person close to your heart
you might wake up one day and realize that
have lost a diamond, while you were too busy
collecting stones. Remember this always in
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