Sehnsucht (n.) – Origin: German – Definition: The inconsolable longing in the human heart for a far, familiar, non-earthly land one can identify as one’s home.
I spent 3 years teaching English in Korea. My youngest daughter lived with me for the first year. I homeschooled her and she would often come into my classroom and “assist” me in teaching the kids. My oldest daughter came and lived with me for a bit, and then off on her own for a bit teaching English herself.
During both of their times in Korea with me, we hiked, went to mask festivals, tea festivals, ate, ate, and ate more than you can imagine. We volunteered at an orphanage and at a soup kitchen. My kids volunteered on the set of a “movie” once and we participated in a variety of artist events.
Sometimes I feel a bit of sehnsucht for this special country and often consider it my second home from home. I will sometimes dream that when I am done doing what I am currently doing, I will go back there once again and resume my previous life. I know they say you can never go home again. I hope that is not true. I will forever hold Seoul in my heart as one of the most special times in my life. My daughters both agree that if I were to go back, this is the one place they would follow me to if they could.