On Turning 29

On Turning 29
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hangover Sunday: Green Shaved Ice

*Please note that even though in the title it says “Hangover Sunday” that does not really mean that I had gotten drunk the night before. “Hangover Sunday” is just a title. It is a title I use so I could tell you all a story. Sometimes, it will be about me and my past, or a story I heard about. The point being, is it’s Sunday, so just relax and enjoy.

The story in which I am about to tell you is a story that was told to me by a former friend of mine while I was in Seoul, on a particularly cold Febuary evening. It’s from her childhood and I thought it was a neat little tale that people would like to hear about. This story is from the girl whom, I had a major crush on and thought that I loved. No names shall be mentioned, so please understand. This is her story.

The following is a true story and it took place in the summer of 1989.

It was a hot and humid summer afternoon, and the little girl of about 9 years old was really thirsty and was dying to either get a boring bottle of water or maybe get a green shaved ice that was sold by the old couple about five blocks away.. She was really hoping for the green shaved ice. The little girl was standing in the shade waiting for her older brother. Her older brother who was 15 now, always took so long to get ready and go out. Ever since he had his first “date” with a local girl, he had to always look his best.

The little girl then decided to just walk away from the shade to the stairs to wait for her older brother. Her older brother finally made it down the stairs and they were off to make the walk to pick up drinks. The little girl asked her older brother if they could get shaved ice, he said no problem. Their mother had given him almost 10,000W(About $10) to get drinks and snacks but to last for the day. The older brother was more then happy to walk with his little sister to get the shaved ice. He knew that a pretty girl live around there and that he would give his sister a cheap green shaved ice and maybe take the girl out to get some snacks.

The little girl and her older brother live in the middle of Busan. Busan is the second largest city of South Korea. During this time, in Busan a lot of construction was going on. A lot of roads were being rebuilt or fixed and so throughout the city of Busan there was a lot of construction sites and a lot of kids like to walk in and out of them. It’s not a safe thing to do but kids being kids often times do dangerous things.

The little girl loved where she lived. She lived in a the back streets of Busan and often times these were lively places with lots of music and lots of loud noises. A lot of small stalls sold foods and alcohol and during the day a lot of the stalls were preparing for the evening rush. The little girl loved this time of day because she would see older ladies making all kinds of delicious soups and rice cakes and even though it was hot and she was sweaty and thirsty, she often would walk up to these stalls and watch the ladies. The ladies would either smile at her or shoo her away.

The little girl and her brother had walked about three blocks and they came upon a construction site. The little girl saw it and wanted to walk around it. Walking around it would make them walk an extra three or four blocks, but the little girl was fine with this. She saw many different food stalls and was curious to see what was cooking along that route. The older brother however, wanted to cut through the construction site and hurry up to get to where the cute girl lived. He told his little sister to follow him through the construction site, the little girl didn’t want too, but her older brother had the money so she had no choice.

It was okay at first. The site looked like it was a building that just had its steel frame put up. It was a spooky place, but it was cooler there and it was on the way to pick up the green shaved ice. The older brother and little girl were walking along when all of a sudden two boys of about 16 years old popped out of the shadows calling the older brother some bad names. The older brother got mad and started yelling some bad words at the two boys. The two boys laughed and approached the older brother.

The older brother stood his ground as one of the two boys was telling the older brother that the girl he had dated was his girlfriend and that he had should never speak to her again. The older brother then said it was none of their business and they need to get out of here. Within all the yelling the older brother said something really nasty about the strangers mother and then that’s when the first boy punched the older brother in the face.

The older brother had not expected this and so it was a surprise blow. The older brother then took a swing at the boy who just hit him, but was sideswiped by the stranger’s friend. The older brother was knocked onto the ground and the two boys started kicking him. The little girl was scared, but she knew she had to do something. She ran off.

The little girl was going to run all the way home to get her mom or maybe her neighbor who was a 19 year old college student, but they were too far away. The little girl then looked around and saw something that she was looking for. She saw a steel rod, it was a little heavy, but she could handle it. She grabbed it and ran back to her where her brother was.

The boys has stopped kicking him, but the ring leader was still slapping him. She saw her older brother had a bloody lip and a bloody nose and that his shirt was dirty and ripped. This had made her mad. So mad that she felt her hands shake and before she knew it she was running towards the two boys. She lifted the steel rod over her head and swung hard on the boy who was slapping her older brother and it came down hard and fierce and struck him on the back of the neck and shoulder. The boy screamed in pain and looked shocked. The other boy who had been laughing while his buddy was slapping the little girl’s brother in the face had a look of horror as the little girl swung the steel rod and it struck him hard in the chest and tore his shirt. The two boys were in shock and started tearing.

Getting hit with hard and abrasive steel hurts, and so the boys ran off. The little girl was crying and shaking and just held the rod in her hand. Her older brother then stood up and looked down at her and asked her for the rod. She gave it to him and the older brother threw it to the ground. The little girl was still crying and her older brother gave her a hug. It was one of only three times that the little girl and the older brother hugged each other.

The little sister helped her older brother, as they walked back home. When they got home, the older brother told his mother that he fell down while they played at a construction site. The little girl’s mom scolded the little girl, because she should have stopped her brother from playing there. The older brother told their mother it was not her fault. They had dinner and other then the fight it was a normal evening.

The next afternoon, the older brother told his mother that he was going to be busy with his friends all day. The little girl was bored and her mother told her to go outside and just play with some friends. The little girl just decided to read a book in the shade. She felt bored. She closed her eyes for a moment and then felt a tap on her shoulder. She opened her eyes and saw it was her older brother. He looked down at her, smiled, and handed her a cup of green shaved ice.

I hope you enjoyed the story. Have a good Sunday!

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