So today was harmony day and I was excited all morning.
Waiting for the sun to rise, I had my eldest daughters (4 years) ‘Hanbok’ 한복 out of the closet and ready to go. I stayed up later than usual last night and whipped out the crayons for some arts and crafts.
It was my responsibility as a parent to draw up a flag for my daughter to bring to harmony day. Harmony day, for those who don’t know what it is, is an Australian celebration of cultural diversity.
Though Sophie is Australia born, we were asked to bring a flag and possibly dress that represents our child’s ethnic background. As her Mum was born in Korea and I was born in Australia, we decided to draw up both the star spangled banner (Australian flag), and the Korean flag. Funnily enough, it was much easier for me to draw the Korean flag.
She looked adorable in her Korean dress. When she arrived, she was the only child in the class wearing traditional costume of any sort. Everyone brought their flags however.
Sophie didn’t feel out of place though because she looked so dazzling in her outfit and became the center of attention, which is exactly how she likes it. Everyone’s heart was melted, and out came the camera phones and I-pads. Click!
Shortly thereafter, a late comer arrived wearing traditional Mongolian outfit. The little boy didn’t steal Sophie’s thunder though. Instead, they became even cuter as the costume wearing couple of the day, standing hand in hand with smiles stretching from cheek to cheek.