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Have You Ever Seen Moonrise?

I am sitting at my desk in The Dongguk Post office. I'm carelessly turning over the leaves of a book and doodling on empty paper. While listening to Yeuhangsketch's third track, I recall my childhood.
  
My hometown is Youngduck, Kyoungsangbukdo. I lived in a small village not far from the sea. I have many beautiful memories about my hometown, especially the moonrise. Have you ever seen moonrise? At dusk on one summer day, I sat on the beach with my friends. Surprisingly, the full moon rose above the horizon! We shouted for joy. We made our wishes to the moon. I grew up with the sea, and it was always my precious friend. The sea taught me about freedom, tolerance and calmness....
My high school was located in Kumi, far from my hometown. I lived in a dormitory. The dormitory life was very stuffy. I missed my hometown. But soon I made many good friends and adjusted myself to a routine school life. In my school days, I had a part-time job as a vending machines manager. It was hard for me both to study and to work. Whenever I felt tired, the lessons of the sea encouraged me. I did my best to stay calm and studied very hard.
I entered Dongguk University in March 2000. At the university, nobody interfered in my life. At first, it was very strange. However, through wandering here and there on campus, I could experience various things that I had always wanted. In May this year, I began working in a convenience shop. I met many kinds of people there and learned that making money is more difficult than I thought.
  
The office door is opened. My senior comes in and greets me, "Hi! How are you? What are you doing now?" I stop listening to the music. I'm sunk in thought again.
  
Frankly, I didn't want to join the Post. My friend persuaded me to do so. When I went to the office for the first time, I got a good impression. It was a small place but very cozy. So I became a member of the Post family.
During the summer vacation, I made various tips related to making an English magazine. However, I was frustrated to find out that writing requires much practice, and being a reporter is similar to belonging to an austere religious community.
Also, the tight schedule of the Post made me tired. I tried to keep the calm and resolute attitude that I learned from the sea. Thanks to those valuable lessons, I could endure a rugged life and live with passion.

I'm listening to music again, and musing: "When people want to avoid 'reality,' they are apt to stick to their past memories. I hope to remember all those things that was happened to me before I became an adult." The past memories were a sort of standard to be faithful. I hurriedly answer my senior's question. "I'm looking for sources for the next issue of The Dongguk Post.

Kim Hye-jeong  bbejeoi@hanmail.net

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