Editor's Note: I try never to post anything political, but this event is historic and with so many not even knowing why Korea is divided, I felt the need to write about my own experience and why this event is so meaningful.
Last week, I watched as the Presidents of North and South Korea shook hands, and crossed into each others' countries for the first time.in decades. Historic, and poignant and most of all encouraging to me. I have many South Korean friends, and I also was born during the Korean conflict.
|Hunters Point, CA, we lived in a Quonset hut|
|The Seoul Hilton|
On one trip to Seoul, as we were getting ready to go out in the morning, the housekeeping crew came to our rooms, and took away the flashlights, and informed us there would be a black out that night, and that the room shutters would be taped closed at all times during the black out. Yes, they were practicing for war.
|Black out in Seoul|
Last weeks' historic meeting gives me hope that the Korea's can live in peace with one another and eventually those from the North and South can travel freely between each country to see their relatives. I'm not naive enough to think that this will be easy, or will happen overnight. For now we are witnessing history in the making, and that gives me hope for the Korean peoples as they watch their leaders and hopefully move forward towards peace.