tracing lines on a face

People come and go out of all of our lives.

But some make an especially strong impression.

When looking at photos of a special someone I used to know, I trace the lines that build his face, eyes, mouth, lips, and hair.  I wish I had more photos of his back and torso, legs and hands, the rest of his body.  But I am thankful at least that I have photos of his face.  I can remember at least his face, even if the rest of him fades away as memories dull.

Actually, just such a fear prompted me to ask him to make a voice recording for me.  I had deleted a previous one where he read some encouraging statements I wrote to remind myself that life could go on and that I could become a different person.  That I could become a happy person or happier than I had been beside him.

However, this second voice recording was genuine, his own words, slightly goofy and sweet and included his natural intonation and even a cough.

That brief message and so many photos from our life together: these consist of the evidence of a history I may someday forget.

But for now, I can’t forget or move so far away. Instead, I trace lines of his face in my favorite photos.  I trace the lines of a face of someone I used to know.

Daily Life in Korea 22

A monkey's face in simple shapes.

I have seen two grown women wearing sweaters with this on them.  Yes, respectfully attired women in all other regards wearing a cartoonish monkey head that seems perfect for the baby-to-pre-school-age child.  I live in South Korea.  One of them works with me.  The other was on the street in the neighborhood I work in.

Other views of the monkey head image: Yes, this is the latest trend in South Korea.  I see it already starting.

A pretty similar monkey image was the design for the winter hats from Baskin Robbins last year.

Last summer it was Guess T-shirts.  You know, the kind that was popular in the 1990s in the greatest country in the world (hint-the one that made the shared modern world culture you are mostly likely enjoying right now).

I wouldn’t wear a GAP logo hoodie in the states, but they are a popular brand here.  You wouldn’t even find a GAP logo hoodie in women’s sizes in the stores in the states.  But GAP logo Ts and hoodies are the most popular item from the GAP store here.

Asian fashion is not reliable.  And not made for women who don’t need butt pads or padded bras and boob jobs.

Thankfully what comes quickly into style in this small country will go out of style quickly too.  I say, by summer there will be a new must-have clothing item for men, women, and children alike.  Maybe a penguin face or a farting chicken.