Meeting my husband’s family is today’s article. I have been asked, how did Jihoon’s family feel about me, so, since today it’s one of those day’s that I don’t have any inspiration, I am going to talk about that. First time that I met my in-laws was the summer of 2018. My husband had already met my family, so it was about time that I met his. I was really stressed about meeting them since I know korean people are not that accepting towards foreign spouses for their kids. And I am not going to lie but I really had some kdrama scenes on my mind with encountering in-laws. I was thinking we have culture differences and also I might not be what they were expecting. That summer I had work so I bought some gifts for the family, and we went to meet them in a restaurant. (By the way, that restaurant franchise is so good! I totally recommend that you visit it If you plan on going to korea)
So, back to the story, have you seen that in some asian restaurants, in movies there are those restaurants that have individual rooms that you dine in, so you have private space? This is where we were heading towards to meet my in-laws.
So before the door opened, I was thinking “what will happen now? what if it is like those dramas that they tell me to break up with their son?” When I told my thoughts to my husband he was laughing and said I am watching too many kdramas! Luckily, when the door opened and I saw his parents, they were really kind people, but since we had a language barrier, I was really quiet ( And I am really a chatterbox so) Father in law was talking a lot and he was making it kind of more comfortable, also he reminded me a lot of my father( every day I feel like I am more and more right about this) so I felt bit familiar. During the meeting, we didn’t say much, I was expecting more questions but I think I was only asked about my age. And that was about the first meeting.
This year, my husband let me go to his parents’ house to make kimchi with his mom and sister. It was really awkward and fun since I still don’t know how to speak korean well or make big sentences so whenever I spoke big sentences in english my mother in law would look at my husband’s sister for translation and vise versa. MY husband’s sister was laughing about the situation and tried hard to help. Anyway’s we made kimchi and I actually made it a couple of times in Greece as well (my parents love it) Also, I met the granny this October, and I was way more stressed since granny is older so she might be more strict, but, to everyone’s surprise the granny actually hugged me when she saw me ( and I was thinking now its the time to bow) Granny said I look pretty and LUCKILY I am short ( this is the first time that being below average is a good thing I guess) Probably granny thought that since I am foreigner I must be tall (for the record, my husband is 1,80cm) We went for lunch with the granny, and at the time I had a nose ring so granny was bit surprised by it.
I also asked my husband how it was for him meeting my family, and he said he was also super stressed about it, but he looked so calm to me. I think the only time I saw the terror in my husband’s eyes was when my dad grabbed him and greeted him greek style (hug and kiss) and I didn’t give any notice about it.( my bad) Also, as I said in a previeous post, I am awkward about greeting people with a bow here and my husband is awkward greeting people casualy in Greece, he always end up doing the bow.
So this was for today’s article, I really had no inspiration It is not a shocking article either. Anyways, I will soon upload the kimbap recipe that people asked and I want to ask, I happen to have abook with royal recipes from old korea and I plan on making some of them, are you interested in those recipes? Let me know in the comments!
see you soon!