The other day was my mom’s birthday, which usually would just be another day for most people. But for me, it marked 5 years that I haven’t been able to call my mom and wish her a happy birthday since her death. Needless to say, I wasn’t in the most positive and lighthearted spirits, let alone ready to film any sort of video.

Typically, the cherry blossoms bloom after this date, and for me they usually are a celebration that I made it through another year. That’s actually part of the reason why I have cherry blossoms tattooed on my shoulder. It was obviously I wasn’t in the best mood that day. Even when I entered my first class I got asked right away what was wrong.. to which I responded it’s just one of those days.

So.. Richard decided to come to school early and take me for a picnic with the cherry blossoms on the other side of campus. Thankfully the day was warm and nice, even if the blossoms weren’t fully out.

Looking back though, I wish I was a little nicer to Richard at first. I think if you watch it, it’s pretty obvious that my mood was not in line with his good intentions.

All in all, it was a really nice time to spend together, especially since we barely ever have enough time these days during the daytime mid-week to see each other and hang out at all. Our time together is usually in the evenings, so it was a genuinely nice treat! I’m hoping that we get to do it again sometime soon!

And, as a bonus I Tumbled cherry blossoms in Korea and made a video reacting to and reflecting on them. That video was made before the surprise picnic, and before the cherry blossoms were in full bloom this year in Korea. I’m a sucker for cherry blossoms pretty much anytime of the year!

  • Karen Shortell

    So beautiful. Do you get cherries on all these threes? You could
    make tons of cherry pies.

    • hallyuback

      I wish! Sadly they’re just for looking and not for eating..

  • Arthea Emory

    *WARNING* Get a box of tissues *WARNING* One of the first videos I watched of yours was your life in animation video. Where you talked about your life in PA and your mom and cats all done through dry erase board. That took me to your other videos, like Friday top 5 and TOADs. I felt connected to you. Not only because of the Kdrama world, but as an East coast girl. On White Day I celebrated my 36th year on the planet. Two days before that my mom had come home from a 6 month hospital stay. I had been preparing myself for her passing, and I’m okay with it…for now. I don’t show much emotion because I have to be strong for my dad and older brother. But when I dream, it’s just me and my mom. Of course we have cherry blossoms here in DE, and driving around when they were blooming was something I did with my mom. A week after my bday, she passed away (like 3 weeks ago). I haven’t had as much time to miss my mom as you have, and I’m sure for you the pain is that much stronger. BUT…because of your videos, I have been able to keep my spirits up, think of the good times, and remember that my mother was the only member of my family that didn’t think I was Cuckoo crazy for watching Kdramas. In fact, while she was still lucid, she encouraged it and would watch along with me. (she watched all of Secret Garden and BOF with me) I have lost family members in the past (a Grandmother and a few older cousins here and there) but they didn’t hit me as hard as my mom’s passing. But, I take comfort in knowing that as time passes, it may not get better, but it becomes easier on my heart. This whole message was to say, Cherry Blossoms are cool! Please continue doing what you do….for me…it’s a healthy distraction…and also…YOU’RE GOOD AT IT!!! Ps….RICHARD YOU ROCK!!!!

    • hallyuback

      Arthea, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s recent death. This post did indeed make me teary and though I will never quite understand your experience because I’m not you, I do feel for you and send a big giant virtual hug. I like to think my mom would have watched dramas with me, we tended to watch a lot of Turner Classic Movies and fangirl over Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly together.. I’m glad you have that memory. But, I get the healthy distraction part.. dramas are especially good for that.. and for bringing out the tears when you need a good cry. I always hated people’s commenting like they know me and my situation.. but if I have any advice it’s don’t dam up the emotion or run away from it for long.. allow yourself to feel, to cry, and relive your memories honestly – the good and the bad. Because you will have times that you’re ok and sometimes you won’t be.. and it will hit you without warning and that’s ok! Ugh, I’m misting over here! Thank you for always supporting us. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Great big hugs.. and as they say in Korea, “Aja Aja! Fighting!” one step at a time. ^.^ xx Steph <3

  • Deidre Crummitt

    Richard, you’re a good husband. I’m glad Steph had someone to support her during that day.