Men have run my life forever.
I was the only girl stuck between two brothers.
One of their favorite games was to chase me around the backyard trying to throw worms or other slimy creatures on me. Or, when we were alone at the dinner table they would steal my food or make me give it to them by making disgusting comments about the food. Use your imagination on that one!
When I married and became pregnant, I yearned for at least one daughter. That was not to be as I gave birth three years apart to rambunctious boys.
To say my world was male dominated was an understatement. Belching contests, going as fast as possible on trikes, bikes, motorcycles, boats…eating everything in sight…such was the life with boys.
I learned that if I wanted to be a part of their lives, I would have to get on board with their “manly” activities although I drew the line at belching contests. I learned to ride a mountain bike, drive our boat, set up the tent on camping trips. I wasn’t great at these but I did them. Those were wonderful years that passed way too soon.
Living with an empty nest, I decided to host a foreign student.
Pamela, a Korean college student came to live with me. It was a wonderful experience.
Pamela was wonderful and fun. We talked about everything including dating, schools, the future, her life in Korea and more. I learned many things from her.
We both cried when she returned to Korea.
We keep in touch through FaceTime, Facebook and emails.
There is a chance that she will return to the US for graduate school. Perhaps I will go to Korea.
Regardless, she has a place in my heart. My sweet daughter.