Passed Down

Jin-sun jolted awake to the sound of the phone ringing.

“Meet me in Seoul,” his sister said.  “It is time.”

The Gwangkang market in Seoul was abuzz with life. Traditional dishes were served at food stalls and shops that were handed down from one family member to another.  Jin-sun and his sister entered the pork dumpling shop where their mother stood bent at the waist, leaning heavily against the counter.

“Forty years, mother.  You cared well for us.  It’s time now you rest,” Jin-sun said, rolling up his sleeves and filling the dumplings.  His mother smiled as she hovered close.

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This story was inspired by the amazing stories in the Netflix “Street Food: Asia” special and 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 are to write a 100-word story.  

This week, Rochelle picked one of the photos I submitted! Even though my daughter, Sarah, didn’t want credit, I can’t help myself but to say that she took the photo.  It was shot at the Gwangkang market in Seoul, South Korea where Sarah took me on a weekend getaway two years ago.  We ate our way around the city and enjoyed the amazing sights of Seoul!

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.

52 Comments Add yours

  1. How nice of her children to step up. She raised them well.

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    1. She did indeed. I love these kinds of stories. That’s what the market there is all about. Some of the stalls and shops have been around a long time, especially after the Korean war. Anyway, thanks for commenting, Russell! =)

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Those are good kids

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    1. They are. I love these type of stories. Thank you for commenting, Neil! =)

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  3. jenne49 says:

    What a heart-warming story! It’s set me up with a smile for the day.

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    1. I’m so happy to make you smile, Jenne. Thank you for letting me know! =)

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I wonder if the hovering mother will be able to let go, or if she will constantly make sure they’re doing it right! Lovely story.

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    1. I love that you picked up on that. I think she will hover for a long time to come, but hopefully she can rest a bit as well. Thanks so much, Iain, for your encouragement as always. =)

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      1. Iain Kelly says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  5. draliman says:

    I’m guessing mother will be keeping an eye on things for a while 🙂

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    1. Good catch. She is relieved to have a break but won’t be able to let go completely for a while. =)

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  6. Dora says:

    Aww, I loved this. A heartwarming read.

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

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  7. plaridel says:

    it looks like the apple didn’t fall from the tree. good one. 🙂

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    1. It surely did not. She raised him well. =)

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  8. Bear says:

    What a dutiful son. Great story.

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    1. Thanks so much, Bear. He’s been waiting and happy to do it. =)

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  9. Lovely stuff, seeing generations respecting the past and looking to the future.

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    1. Thanks so much. I do love seeing family members honoring the past as well.

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  10. Nobbinmaug says:

    What? They didn’t force her into a cheap assisted-living home only to begrudgingly visit close to holidays and complain about how much it costs to house her there. What are these people? Savages?

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    1. Haha. It is lovely isn’t it the way some cultures really do take care of their elderly family members. Thank you for stopping by! =)

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    1. Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed.

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  11. Ann Coleman says:

    What a lovely story of family and commitment!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ann, for your sweet comment. Take care! =)

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  12. Tannille says:

    Wow B, what a fantastic trip.

    Heartwarming story.

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    1. Thank you so much, T. I’m very glad you enjoyed the story. =)

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  13. michael1148humphris says:

    Filled Dumplings how I would love to taste some at the present time

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    1. Oh my, I am craving a yummy pork dumpling about now as well, steamed, boiled, or fried! =)

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  14. ceayr says:

    Charming tale of family love, Brenda.
    You brightened my day

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    1. I’m very happy to have brightened your day, C.E.! Thank you for letting me know. =)

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    Lovely story, Brenda. Stories of strong family bonds, with obligations and rewards are heart-warming. I expect the matriarch will continue to play a role in the stall; it’s too much part of her life and identity for her to give it up.

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    1. I imagine she will be there for as long as she can but hopefully her son and daughter can help relieve the burden of responsibility. I do love these type stories as well! Thank you for your kind comments, Penny! =)

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  16. msjadeli says:

    Wonderful every which way, Brenda!

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    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed, Lisa. Thanks for letting me know! =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome.

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  17. GHLearner says:

    What a lovely story. I guess Mother will hover until she is satisfied that the children are just as skilled as her. She is lucky to have them want to continue the family business.

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    1. She is indeed lucky to have them. Thank you so much for your kind comment! =)

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  18. Dear Brenda,

    Charming and heartwarming story. Thank you so much for the photo and the background behind it. Great photo, Sarah!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle, for your kind comments on the story and the photo! =)

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  19. A wonderful little story. It was time indeed. At first, it felt ominous. I was glad when it turned out okay.

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    1. Thanks so much, Eugenia. I’m glad you enjoyed the twist and the story. =)

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  20. A heart warming story, I like the way the kids roll up their sleves and get to work straight away. I guess that mother may need some time to adjust. Love your comment – that you ate your way around the city – sounds wonderful.

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    1. She will need time to adjust, but is feeling very thankful for her kids about now! =) My daughter and I do that from time to time (or we used to before…); travel together and explore. Thank you for the kind comments!

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  21. notestowomen says:

    Wonderful story, Brenda 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment!! =)

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  22. subroto says:

    I don’t know why but I am craving a pork dumpling after reading this. Ah the perils of reading at midnight! I feel a snack coming on…..

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    1. You and me both … My favorite is the Chinese dumplings (jiaozi). Hope you enjoyed your snack!! =) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  23. granonine says:

    The mother is like most of us–she doesn’t really want to give up. It’s good that her kids are taking care of her.

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    1. It really is good. It is hard to let go, but she will eventually … hopefully. =)

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  24. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh I like this. Great descriptions. And I love the way you know that mom is not stepping back until she knows they’ll do a good job

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurie, for the kind comments!! I know for me it would be difficult to let go, but she does, eventually. =)

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