Solo Christmas

Today, like every day, I asked my students, “How are you today?”

Although yesterday was Christmas, no one said a word about that. They gave their usual answers: “Happy,” “Hungry,” “Tired and happy,” “Very, very, very, very happy,” and “Angry.” Except one boy. One rambunctious eleven-year-old who occasionally has streaks of uncontrollable laughter that turn his face red. He answered, “Solo Christmas…” with a jerk of his head that suggested dissatisfaction.

“Solo, Christmas..?” I repeated.

Then it hit me what he meant. In Korea, Christmas is generally celebrated as a date night; it’s a holiday for couples. He was referring to his single status.

As an unmarried female who is turning thirty in a month, I found that answer unreasonably hilarious.

“Thanks, Shane,” I said amidst my loud burst of laughter. “I think that’s the first time I’ve laughed all day.”

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Elizabeth is an American living in South Korea who believes in destiny, miracles, and living life intentionally. She holds to simple faith in a complex world, values the beauty of the everyday, and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is always learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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