The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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My mother got into a couple car accidents while driving in America, but this one was the biggest one she got into. She didn’t really remember all the details of what happened, but it was very impactful in her life. It was the first time she was moved to a hospital in an ambulance, the first time she had a fracture on one of her ribs, and the first time she had to send her car to the junkyard to get it officially crushed. Although she doesn’t remember all the details because she was unconscious half the time, this memory really stayed with her. It one of the major events that happened in her life.

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            Seatbelt on. Music streaming. Engine roaring in the background. The sky was an unfinished painting of a blue surface. It was normal day of driving for Junghee; her everyday routine. In her gold satin blouse and black taper pants, Junghee was in the driver’s seat looking out her car’s front window. “When is this light changing to green…” After a long day of work, Junghee was ready to get into a plain t-shirt and stretchy pants.

            At that moment, the light for her lane turned green and Junghee stepped on the excel peddle to turn to make a left turn.

            “Honk Honk!!” Crash. Seeing the fire hydrant getting closer to her, Junghee turned her handle as far as it went to avoid a bigger accident.

            “Miss! Are you okay?” an EMT and a firefighter were at the driver’s window.

            Opening up her eyes, Junghee replied, “Huh? Did I lose my conscious?”

            “It’s okay, we’re going to get you out. We just need to pry the door open.”

            Even without looking down, Junghee could tell the door was concaved in towards her. The EMTs and firefighters helped remove Junghee from her car and placed her on the stretcher. Looking up at the sky, it wasn’t blue anymore. From the playful sky blue that was originally existent, a couple more colors were painted on to add depth to the atmospheric canvas. Junghee’s eyes slowly gave up looking at the colors displayed above her and took a rest.

            With light flashing directly at her pupils, Junghee woke up in a hospital with a back brace around her abdomen.

            “Oh, good you’re awake” A man in his white gown smiled at her. “Nothing too serious, you just have a little fracture on one of your ribs. You’ll have to keep that brace around you until it heals. We’ll be able to discharge you when your husband finishes all the paperwork needed.”

            After a couple of minutes trying to breath regularly and getting comfortable with layout of the room, Sun Gyu, Junghee’s husband popped his head in the side of the door and the window. He was in a ragged t-shirt, some random shorts she’s never seen before, and sandals folded at the heels. “Hey honey, are you okay?”

            “Do I look okay? Come help me up please. What about the kids?”

            “Your mother’s at home with them. They’re fine. Let’s go home.”

Beautiful Sky, Not so Beautiful Situation

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My mother got into a couple car accidents while driving in America, but this one was the biggest one she got into. She didn’t really remember all the details of what happened, but it was very impactful in her life. It was the first time she was moved to a hospital in an ambulance, the first time she had a fracture on one of her ribs, and the first time she had to send her car to the junkyard to get it officially crushed. Although she doesn’t remember all the details because she was unconscious half the time, this memory really stayed with her. It one of the major events that happened in her life.

Photo Credits: https://unsplash.com/photos/ESEnXckWlLY

Decade: 2000s
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Recorded by Su Jin Bang on June 4, 2019
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