I finally got to be in the same city as my dad this past father’s day, for the first time in maybe half a decade. But strangely enough, as Dr. Kim blew out the candles on the sumptuous, layered chocolate mousse cake I picked out for him earlier that day, I was reminded of another Mr. Kim.
I met Mr. Kim five years ago. He must be around my father’s age. At 5:45 a.m. sharp every day, he’d be waiting outside my Seoul apartment in his black Lincoln town car. He was the driver assigned to shuttle me to my client site in Korea. …
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“I’ll take an Americano and a …” he paused, looking down in my direction. “What do you want, sweetie?”
“A hot chocolate!” 7-year-old me replied, giddy in anticipation of the impending sugar rush.
“Yes, and a hot chocolate, please,” he finished, returning his gaze to the barista.
My love for coffee shops is less about the coffee, although I love a good iced latte. …