Being thankful

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am

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It isn't often that I read a food blog with tears rolling down my face, but it happened recently when I checked in on Korean Cuisine (korean-cuisine.blogspot. com). I've been following the blog intermittently for years, at first, to find out the blogger's ways of cooking certain dishes, but most recently to see if the 32-year-old Korean-American wife and mother was OK: in 2008, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. It seemed to be in remission, but in her most recent post - last November, she writes that it's returned, and has spread.

Suddenly, the posts about ways to make Korean cooking easier to a busy working mother, common ingredients in a Korean kitchen, and recipes that include dolsot bibimbap, spicy crab soup, pork dumplings, cold noodles with dipping sauce and fresh kimchi with raw oysters don't matter as much as her efforts to stay alive so she can see her young son (called 'munchkin') grow up. She's very brave and doesn't ask for sympathy; instead, she advises her readers to appreciate what they have.

'You will never know what tomorrow holds for you so be sure to stop and reflect,' she writes. 'Take a moment and be thankful.'