Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Very Norman Rockwell

Posted in Foreign Service Life, Generalities, Korea at 7:47 pm by graceandpoise

Occasionally someone asks me to describe what living on the military base is like, or what life in Seoul’s American embassy community is like. Most of the time, I’m not able to give what I would consider a sufficient explanation. Mayberry, yes. Leave it to Beaver, yes. But it’s more than that, and at the same time less. Tonight I thought of a description that may be the closest I’ve come yet: it’s very Norman Rockwell. You grow up hearing stories about people living like this, but you soon decide it’s all legend or at the very least those days are long gone (incidentally, I don’t ever remember hearing of the existence of single people in those stories). Well, now’s your chance to judge whether this description is indeed apropos – to help, here’s a photo from tonight’s embassy holiday party at the Ambassador’s residence:

Gathered ’round the piano, singing carols.

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