Peter and I filled our home-loving senses with pictures from a sprawling property we'll be listing soon and stirred over decadent features to showcase in print... "Luxurious master bedroom with en-suite bath, French doors, and mountain views from your own private deck..." It was like test driving a new Beamer with fresh smelling leather interior, pretending it was ours.
Then on occasion I remember as he and I talk. His bright eyes and smile, still so boyish as a 45 year old, take me far away...knowing where he came from in contrast.
Imagine a port city in a third world Asian country where the alleys are narrow and markets are packed with people who don't mind taking an afternoon nap on the sidewalk. Three generations of family sleep in one room, sharing the floor with mats for beds, and using the one neighborhood outhouse located outside. Kids run free or huddle in packs playing marbles in the dirt, running back home for a lunch consisting of their pet rabbit.
When my husband Peter (now Designated Broker & Co-Owner of our company) pointed to the village kids running wild on the movie screen where we watched Slumdog Millionaire and exclaimed, "Hey, that was me!" I just about fell out of my cushy Regal Cinema chair. That's when I started pestering him with questions.
Photo source: Slumdog Millionaire
I'd heard bits and pieces about the first ten-years of his life in Korea but it wasn't something I could wrap my head around until that day when the movie blew a gasket in my brain. How could I? My life at 10 was when I received my first apron from my Grandma for my "hope-chest", had regular chores at home, put myself to bed at 8pm sharp, had memorized entire sections of the Lutheran Catechism, and began my love for juvenile romance novels. While I was loving and cuddling the bunny I had been given for Easter (ironically, named Peter), ten-year old Peter was eating his bunny for lunch.
What my husband and I laugh about now is the collision of our two worlds which we call, speaking with Scarlet O'Hara flair, East Meets West.
It was a long journey for him to this West and in the next few newsletters, highlights of Peter's amazing story will unfold, from the then Third World Korea to where he is today - Designated Broker and Owner of Urban Properties and energetic Seattle Entrepreneur. Get ready for a wild ride.
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