“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Walt E. Disney
Whenever anyone in my family is celebrating his/her birthday, I would tell Taenggu about it in advance through twitter online, just so that she would be aware of their upcoming birthdays. But conversely, it is difficult for me to know when her family members’ birthdays are. She being a private and protective person when it comes to family, it is not easy to find detailed information about her family on the internet too. Especially before this year, I never knew when her family birthdays were. However, since the start of this year, she started sharing more openly about it for the first time on her social media when it was her brother’s birthday. The fact was I happened to know about his birthday by chance (by acts of the universe) even before she shared about it (will share about this story in a separate post in the future 😊). This time, how I managed to know it was her mum’s birthday was kind of magical too.
On Halloween, 31st October, I had flown to Hohhot, the city of Inner Mongolia in China with my brother early that morning. While walking along the streets near Anda Guesthouse after we checked in, we were getting worried over money issues after spending on an expensive package to the grasslands for the next day. At the same time, a voice said to me, “I’m with 엄마 now.” I thought it wasn’t strange at all. I thought Taenggu must have taken a break to go back to her hometown in Jeonju to visit her mum.
Later that night, I posted my last Halloween special instagram post of the day – a drawing of an anonymous No-Face Batman.
After it was posted, I could feel Taenggu inside of me whispering a string of words under my breath. It sounded something like “omo omo omum oma omma omo”. It wasn’t very clear what it was. I thought she was simply saying “omo omo omo” to express her astonishment at the sight of No-Face revealing his underwear in my drawing.
That night, I went to sleep early without thinking much.
The next morning when I woke up, I saw a new instagram post from her brother Jiwoong wishing their mum happy birthday. It was posted the night before after I had gone to sleep.
Taenggu also left a comment on his post.
Her comment was a string of words in Korean that sounded similar to the ones she whispered inside of me the night before. I finally knew what her exact words were. She was trying to say “Omma omma (mother mother)” cutely in different kinds of tone. She was trying to tell me that it was her mum’s birthday!
Previously, it often puzzled me why Taenggu seems to like Halloween so much to the point that she thinks we should even have a long holiday because of that (I think she talked about that during her InstaLive on 29th October). Now I understand why. Because her mum’s birthday falls on Halloween! This is why Halloween seems to be an ultra special day to her. Such a sweet and filial daughter she is! 😇
So in order to do something special for her mum, after I came back from my vacation in China, I did this drawing of 탱구엄마 as a mouse/rat queen 👑 as a present for her. It was inspired by the cute mouse filter Jiwoong had added on her mum’s face in the photo. Last time during Father’s Day, I made Taenggu’s dad as the king of the king (related post: FOR TAENGGU DAD: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY 2017), so this time, it was logical to make her mum the queen too! Even cats respect this mouse queen 엄마! Keke.
Once again, happy belated birthday to you, 탱구엄마! 생일 축하해요!! Hope you like this drawing! 💜