Monday, November 18, 2013

201001450 Hyun Ju Park 박현주

Intermediate English Writing

Interview Final Draft


My Uncle


It is quite interesting to know deeply about someone's life who I didn't know well before. And this is what I experienced when I heard the story of my uncle. My aunt recently got married again. So I have new uncle, thought he is very easy-going person, I had often felt like he was a stranger in my family until I got to know more about his life through the interview and I feel much closer to him now. What I felt when I first saw him was that he lives young. Even though he is 39 years old now, not only the fact he is wearing many piercings on his ears like defiant early 20s but also the way he thinks and speaks make him very approachable person for my age.


Like his unusual looking, he told me his life also has a lot of ups and downs. He had suffered from unexpected accident twice in his life all of which changed his attitude to his life. But, it caused totally different results. First one is when his father passed away. By the first, he started becoming rebellious and getting crooked. He said, "I started smoking when I entered to middle school. And throughout my schooldays, I did many bad things escaping from my mom's eyes." Firstly, he sounded a little bit hesitating to say these things but he was honest to tell me that he had been too defiant at that time towards his mother and many things after his father's death. His father had run solid business related to boiler but his mother had to take over the business of her husband. My uncle added that he was not interested in studying, so he learned art in high school and he hardly entered to an Art College. But because it was not his willing to study in college but his mother's desire, he soon quit studying in the college. After then, he changed his major to mechanical engineering and continued studying several times in different colleges, but he kept failing to continue studying in one college. He remembered that these days he enjoyed affluent life and didn't get any hint of having desperate incident which was coming closer to his near future.  


Second unexpected accident happened in his life is when his older brother died from the car accident, leaving his wife and two children. All of a sudden, he became only guy in the family who had to run the business of his family and who was in charge of his mother and the family of his older brother. He said that he thought a lot about his future life and his situation in his brother's funeral. And he decided to help the business of his mother and brother so, he had his hair cut which he remained pretty long until then. Firstly, he ran a Japanese restaurant in Hongdae and his sister-in-law ran a bar downstairs for a certain time. He said, "Our restaurant was kind of famous place in Hongdae and first, business went well. But things changed in IMF, Korea." He sighed and kept saying "Almost all the businesses we had bankrupted and we suffered from the huge loss. So it meant that we lost even our economic capacity after my brother's death. Things got tougher and I had to find my job by myself after then." I imagine that it was hard for him to start from the beginning. He also mentioned that he met my aunt at that time. Actually, they had known each other for 10 years as neighbors before the marriage.


 After all, now my aunt is also included to his family. And my uncle has tried to support his family from then. He said through his life he got to understand cherishing his family is the best and most important thing to do in life. Actually, his sister-in-law died from unexpected accident as well few days ago. So, what he was telling me today was his honest feeling and love about his family, I believe. Lastly, he also recommended me not to take it for granted having a beloved family near me but try to treat them with respect and love. It was a lesson my uncle gave me through his life.

1 comment:

  1. LoYunSeo(노윤서)
    Your essay is very interesting. I can totally understand your uncle's story what you want to describe in this essay. Especially I really like your first paragraph. From that your that I can imagine the uncle very clearly.
    So I just want to tell trivial thing. First, 'it is quite intetesting to know deeply about~~' you dont need to put about. SO i recommend delete 'about'.
    2.I didnt know well before. --In essay. It is better to change 'didnt' to 'did not'
    3.what i felt when i first saw him~~ --If you want to write about 젊게산다 then I recommend that he is youthful.
    THank you!!!