Ryan Reynolds is so hilarious here, I didn’t realize how naturally funny he is. He’s trying Korean pancakes, burning his mouth and day drinking, right before a red carpet event. His Korean accent is super impressive too.
Korean savory pancakes are a classic snack, my mother made them for me when I was a kid. She’d cook them while I was watching cartoons or reading in the living room. She never ate any with me, saying, “I ate so much while I was cooking!” (she didn’t, she made it all for me).
Her smile was full of warmth, she loved seeing me eat. When she was a child, she and her family experienced hunger during the war. I remember how my mother would always give me her portion of potatoes, knowing that I loved them.
“Mom why don’t you like potatoes? They’re so delicious!”
“I used to like them, but during the war, I had to eat so many potatoes, that now I still can’t stand to eat them.” She smiled.
I heard stories of how they even ate bark to survive. Seeing me eat, gave her a sense of peace.
I haven’t lived through war, but I also love to see my child eat. It’s a mother’s love, an adoration of the state of being human that causes the joy. That’s what mothers experience, the happiness of having unconditional love for their child. I think it heals my heart of old scars. Love is a gift to both the receiver and giver.
Now I make Korean savory pancakes for my child. He loves them. When he requests them, I feel proud that he likes an aspect of our inherited culture. I think of my mother as I fry the batter into perfectly crispy circles and I smile as I watch my child eat.