My Husband’s Serenade

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1Last night, my husband tortured me with his ridiculous singing.

KHAN: Na na na na na
ME: Honey, if you’re only going to sing nanana, I think you’d better sleep.
KHAN: I’m singing our family song.

My husband’s family name is “Na”, sometimes pronounced as “Ra” in Korean.

When he got tired of our “family song”, he belted out:

KHAN: (to the tune of “The Finger Family”) Mr. Handsome, Mr. Handsome, where are you? (pointing to himself) Here I am, here I am…
ME: Honey, do you really think you’re handsome?
KHAN: Yes, everybody tells me.
ME: You are so…
KHAN: Boastful
ME: Yes, to the nth degree! Can we sleep now?
KHAN: Wait, I have a song for you.
ME: It’d better be good.

He moved towards me and gently touched my cheek.

KHAN: You are so beautiful to me… you are so beautiful to me…

I’ve always imagined my husband singing that to me on our wedding day, but the man I married can’t carry a tune. Last night, though, he sang it with all his heart. He couldn’t remember all the lyrics, but he kept singing the only line he knows: “You are so beautiful to me…”

Under the pallid moonlight coming through our window, I listened to my husband’s sweet singing. As our arms entwined, I sang the rest of the song with him:

“You’re everything I hope for… you’re everything I need… You are so beautiful to me.”

When one has once fully entered the realm of love, the world – no matter how imperfect – becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for love. ~~~ Soren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)


From Korea with Love




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