Y and I were both born here in Korea. While I moved to the United States as a toddler at the age of two and have no recollection of my time in Korea before then, Y moved to the US in his pre-teens as a ten-year-old.
When asked how he liked it here in Korea thus far, Y made quite a poignant analogy: he said that coming back here to Korea felt like rereading a childhood favorite book as an adult. Have you ever done that? Revisited and reopened a favorite book from your childhood to rediscover things you had long forgotten about. It's finding new in the old and reclaiming the old in the new. Since arriving here, Y often speaks of being reminded of familiar scents, sounds and scenes and having a newfound appreciation for them now as an adult.
Y's analogy and my friend E's blog post on children's literature got me thinking about my favorite children's books.
Here are just some:
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Here's to always having a child-like heart!