kakashi: Hi all! Twenty Again is over, but our thoughts linger on ... a reader of this blog has submitted a short entry, which I really liked, so I'm posting it here. It's on "Loss of connection with the stories of the elders". Written by W. Miguasha. Maybe you have your own stories about the elders to share?
Moments when there is an exchange between members of different generations is of interest to me.
In the series Twenty Again, the young choreographer, Na Soon-Gam, is the first of the young people to stand up for No-Ra, a woman who is trying to make it back into civilization, after 20 years in the 'no-man's-land' that is her marriage.
We learn that Ra Yoon-Young, also a classmate back in high school, was something of a bully and very catty young woman. When she scoffs at the young Cha’s budding attempts at producing, No-Ra is the country bumpkin who stands up to Yoon-Young and encourages Cha to forge ahead. In defending the awkward Cha, No-Ra brings him out of his shell. He follows her home and befriends Grand-Mother.
Twenty Again is a series that present several characters that either are orphans or they are virtual orphans. The ‘keeper of the connection’ with the source of life contained in the village stories, is a young boy who steals away from boarding school on weekends to go sit in a rice-cake shop and listens to the stories of an old woman. He will dangle the smell and taste of Grand-Mother’s rice-cakes in front of No-Ra and hint to her that the root of his deep-seated anger toward her is No-Ra’s disappearance from Grand-Mother’s life.
As I watch No-Ra eat rice-cakes, I can hear the motor on my grand-father’s boat as he comes in to dock; I can see him gutting the trout; I watch him rolling the fish in batter; smell it frying; taste the trout in my mouth. I remember my grand-father’s stories. There isn’t one I have forgotten.
If Twenty Again is fiction, it nevertheless has truth: a city kid with parents who work hard at their jobs and get home at six and are gone again at six, will listen to your stories about your grand-mother and your grand-father. Your stories will give a young person origin, genesis, history, identity.
Twenty Again reminds us that when there is a loss of connection with elders, it does not take much to pass on to a young boy or a young girl a bit of history. About a trout. About a six year old getting drunk on rice wine.
No matter our age, we gathered together on Friday and Saturday night to listen to this story. We listened to So Hyeon-Kyeong’s story. When I hear the voice of the young Cha as he answer ‘Yes’ to Grand-Mother, the sound of his voice is delicious. Like my grand-father’s trout.
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