Why in the world would I be asking this questions? Well, I will be standing in front of the current President of S. Korea soon and for three minutes will get to say whatever I want about being adopted and the state of adoption. IN KOREAN!
I am not nervous about what I want to say, I am excited and really honored. The important stuff is not what is making me sweat. Truth be told, my Korean is not formally trained. I learned via osmosis and not from a book. So, I have to memorize the speech. You can’t sound like an idiot in front of the leader of another country. And I am not cute enough to just wing it. Second, I need to send them a photo for security purposes. After perusing my nearly 10,000 photos, I found ONE! with my husband. Not good enough. So, I had to jump in the shower and get my son to take a pic with my phone to forward. Pathetic! I see now why professionals get headshots done. I literally look like a tired Ajuma (aunt, but a word used for every mother in Korea) minus the bad dye job and perm!
Seriously though, I would love to hear what you would say. Having an opportunity in front of any “sending country” leader, is a chance of a lifetime. How would you use this time?
I have been working on the statement. I will post as soon as it is ready for public consumption.
PS. I got an email from a friend – “I work with an adoptee from Korea who is considering giving up on Korean language lessons. I shared your news about meeting the president and he changed his mind! Awesome!”