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Creating New Family Traditions With Adoption in Mind (Sort of)

We're on our way to becoming a transcultural family—and we're very excited about it!—but it doesn't come naturally yet. It sure is fun, though.

Last week, an alarm went off on my cell phone. It's purpose was to remind me to celebrate the spring equinox, Korea style. Recently, I had read Donald Clark's Culture and Customs of Korea and, being the planner I am, had added Korean holidays to my electronic calendar after finishing it. 

That afternoon, I painted the first rocks of spring with my daughters. I'll admit that there is nothing inherently Korean about collecting and painting rocks, but it's something that my girls love to do and it felt true to the spirit of the day. Clark says that, to celecrate Ipch'un (Korean for "spring begins"), Korean farmers post spring-like slogans on their gates. So we did. Sort of. We decorated our apartment's front door with flowers and hung a slogan to remind us of the renewal of the season. OK, so the slogan was "Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose," which is the motto of the Friday Night Lights Dillon Panthers football team and, as such, is more West Texas than South Korea. But it reminds us of the son we're waiting to bring home from Seoul—Dillon is like Dylan, get it?—and it also helps us remember, as we get our own fresh start with a new family member and possibly a new house this spring, that with love and vision, all things are possible.

Even, it seems, someday becoming truly transcultural (no cell phones required).

I hope I'm not giving away too much here when I tell you that I'm writing this post a day after spring began and that my "last week" above really means "last night." This is all very fresh in my mind. My husband and I have been chanting our slogan all day. The paint has yet to dry on the biggest rock. But when I sat down tonight to write next week's blog post, I couldn't think of anything specifically adoption-related to write about. It seems that, even though I needed an alarm to remind me, celebrating the first day of spring has already become a family tradition. And, like all family traditions, it doesn't follow all of the rules, but it sticks to the feeling perfectly.

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Blending West Texas and South Korea—now that’s a trick. Welcome to the world of transcultural families!

By Stacy Clark on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 5:04 am.

Let us know how the BBQ kimchi fajitas turn out grin

By Jeff on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12:21 am.

I love this!  Beautiful the way you kind of ‘went with it’ and created an ‘in-the-moment, hybrid celebration that speaks of the complexities of your life.  I am the mom of four through adoption, two from Guatemala, two from Rwanda and you reminded me to lighten up about these cultural celebrations and have fun with them.  Thanks!

By adoptiongoddess on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 7:34 pm.

We have blended Chinese culture from my 2 daughters who were adopted from China. And our German heritages. We celebrate holidays and traditions from both cultures. Especially foood wise, I have   lot of German recipes from my grndmother, and my girls love to cook them with me.

By best mom of 2 on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 4:22 am.

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