i took my first step towards “ajushi”-dom today. i was sitting and relaxing in the “moh-gyohk-tahng” when a kid (musta been 6 or 7 years old) runs and jumps in the tub. in an unusually sterner than normal voice, i said, “OH-HO! yoh-gih-suh deeh-myon ahn-dweh!” the boy looked at me; dumbfounded he ran out of the tub and went back into the locker room.
i don’t know what came over me. i normally wouldn’t have said anything knowing that it really didn’t hurt me in any way. it just came out naturally. and the boy…he was so shocked, i couldn’t tell if he was surprised because i may have said it with an accent or if he just found what i said totally out of the ordinary that he ran away scared. i don’t think its a cultural thing cause i’ve heard ajushi’s say this to little kids in the past. i guess i should take that moment and embrace it as a part of growing up. i must be at the next stage of my life. i must now be…<gasp>…an ajushi.