Dec 10, 2012
Growing up, we used to have a calendar in every room of the house. These poster-sized calendars were given out to customers by Korean businesses. My Korean grandparents lived with us, and it was my grandfather who was the biggest fan of these calendars. They were used as his appointment books, so it was commonplace to see circled dates and Korean notes on the side.
My family would have a small stash of these free calendars rolled up and ready to give to visiting friends and family. When I moved into my own place, not a year went by without my grandfather or mother offering me a new calendar. I would try to politely decline, but then my husband would make a nice comment about the calendars. And this always led to, "Oh, you like?! I give you two."
It's been 13 years since my grandfather passed away. I still think of him whenever I see a Korean calendar. If he was alive today, he would be the first to receive my new calendar that I finished this weekend. And I know he'd be pleased. (Although I would have to supersize the dates for him!)