A Mother’s Sacrifice

This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Roger Bultot. If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories, click HERE.

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Bags of trash were piled in front of her stall. The other food vendors shouted.

“The market stinks because of you!”

I didn’t put them there!

Yoonsun wanted to respond, but cried instead. She hid her tears.

I won’t let them see.

Her stall stayed open in the brutal cold of winter and steamy heat of summer in a city that rarely sleeps.

I can’t let my family starve.

Years passed and things changed. Her famous noodles now on the menu with a side order of kimchi and dumplings. Her grown children thrive from the sacrifices of their mother.

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There’s a Korean saying, “When you fall down seven times, get back up eight.” You never quit and Yoonsun Cho certainly never did. This story is based on a true one. A Netflix documentary, “Street Food: Seoul, South Korea,” features Yoonsun’s story. If you are so inclined, you should check it out. On my recent mother-daughter getaway to Seoul, we saw Yoonsun Cho in action. Her lovely smile is genuine and quite contagious, though it was born from years of hardship.

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Photo taken by Sarah Cox
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40 Comments Add yours

  1. draliman says:

    Good for here. Never gave up and founded a little culinary empire 🙂

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    1. That’s right. Her story is inspirational in that she never gave up and worked to support her family. Her son is a ​chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul now. Pretty cool! Thank you so much for commenting, Ali!

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  2. gahlearner says:

    That’s a wonderful story, even better since it’s a true one.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gabi, for reading and commenting! =)

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  3. pennygadd51 says:

    Persistence is the real key to success!

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    1. It sure is! Thanks so much for commenting. =)

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  4. I might have just heard a story about her on NPR. Or someone who is a sister-in-strength. Your tale captured “When you fall down seven times, get back up eight” perfectly. I love how heartwarming this is. Thank you.

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    1. That’s great! I love stories of people who overcome. Unfortunately, we don’t often get to hear them. Thanks so much, Alica, for your encouraging comments! I’m smiling. 🙂

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    An inspirational story with a twist – not all heroes wear capes 🙂

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    1. I like that … not all heroes wear capes! Thanks, Iain, for your encouraging comments. 🙂

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  6. ceayr says:

    Touching tale, Brenda, nicely done.

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    1. Thank you so much, CE! =)

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  7. Dear Brenda,

    Touching and beautiful tribute to a true hero. I enjoyed this immensely.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story, Rochelle! Thanks so much. =)

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  8. Tannille says:

    People are so mean.
    What a spirit though.

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    1. People can be, huh? And your right, she has an amazing spirit. =)

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  9. I’ve been meaning to watch that series on Netflix. Now, I’ll have to. It sounds quite interesting.
    Your story is very true of many cultures who work hard to make a better life for their children and families.
    Nicely written …
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Thank you so much, Isadora. You definitely should watch it, well worth it. I’m always amazed and inspired by people like Yoonsun. =)

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  10. Dale says:

    What a lovely story, Brenda! I shall definitely check out her story and I thank you for bringing her to life for us.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale, I’m happy you enjoyed it. =)

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  11. Ann Coleman says:

    What an inspiring story! We should all her her courage and determination.

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    1. I agree! I love stories like hers. =)

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  12. Lovely. Hope her kids don’t spend too much time in bed in the mornings.
    Love street food.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! =)

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  13. A good, well-written story based on real-life, Brenda. Good for her. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! =)

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  14. James McEwan says:

    Work becomes a habit that becomes the focus of mother’s lives. Nicely told.

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    1. This story was about a mother’s sacrifice, but I know many father’s who would do the same. =) Thank you so much for commenting, James!

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  15. Abhijit Ray says:

    A great real life story of hardwork, grit and determination.

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    1. Thank you so much, Abhijit! =)

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  16. tedstrutz says:

    You told it well, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ted!

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  17. msjadeli says:

    I love your story based on actual individuals and events. Will def be checking out the netflix doc! Bless her heart for her fortitude through hardship.

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed the story and you should defintely check out the documentary! =)

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh this is glorious. A taste of history in a sad tall of a strong woman

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie. I’m happy you enjoyed it! =)

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