Thursday, July 22, 2010


Here is proof for my family in Canada that we are actually doing the paperwork. This stack of applications looks intimidating, but it's actually all the applications plus several photocopies of each. I figure I'll do one or two practice runs and I'll probably mess a few up, too. So there it is.And in case I needed a reminder of why I'm going through all this to return to an uncertain future in Canada: Sejin's "vacation." This year he gets a whopping four days. It's the 29, 30, 31, and Aug. 1. In Canadian terms, that's actually only two days, since that's a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Even if he stayed at this job for several years, he would not get any additional vacation time. That's the way it is. That's the way it is for many, many Korean families here, sadly.

Sejin works so hard, he really needs more of a break than this. It would have been nice to go on a trip to the beach or something, but there's no way I'm going on a trip by bus with an 18-month-old on one of the busiest weekends of the year.


Why am I here??? said...

Sound like your husband and mine are in the same boat. It's really too bad, that's how it is in Korea. Good luck with the papers. Email me for help at:

Sarah said...

Thanks again so much. I think once I get right into it, I will have to consult you.

The vacation thing is really frustrating. Would it be that hard to give your employees one full week off a year? I just can't wrap my head around it. Yeah, time to go.

don said...

i still don't believe it. love dad

Sarah said...

Nice first comment on my blog, dad! You don't have to believe it. I've finally got all the applications together. Small steps.