May 5, 2011
Jr. Book Club, 과천에서 April 16, 2011
Dear Penpride Members and Friends,
Today, Children's Day, is my favorite Korean holiday. In fact I can't think of any holiday in
any country that I like more. I like it because it acknowledges the importance of our
children's health and welfare in the overall scheme of life. Happier children will make for a
happier world. If Children are suffering, how can we not know and share that suffering.
Not every country has a children's day. It may be said that this or that holday, because it
is for families, or for faith, or for thanksgiving is to be enjoyed by all, and therefore
children are also included. It's true, of course, but it isn't the same as a day named for all
children, and all it implies. It's true also that, because children require our help and
support to become and remain happy and healthy, and so the day must also be for
parents. Even so, it is acknowledged that the help and support and, more than anything,
affectionate love, are returned by the children in full measure, in the joy and excitement
and sense of completeness they impart to our lives.
So, today we celebrate Children's Day with all of Korea, pleased to live in a country that
thinks enough of her children to set aside one day in 365 especially for them. We'll do it
in Nanji-do, the beautifully landscaped parks that once were just great mountains of
urban refuse, and are now the symbol of what may become, with care and effort. The
former landfill matured into a delightful, educational and recreative environment for all. It
is the perfect metaphor for Children's Day. I hope we'll see you there!
Mr. & Mrs. Large