The phone rang, and I responded, hello! A woman over 70 years old called me, and the voice was impressive. I could tell that this woman had taken the brunt of life by herself. She told me that she is currently managing a restaurant in the States, and that she was a Korean nurse employed in West Germany.
She has 3 children, and called me to get counsel about the marriage of her eldest son. Her son graduated from a well-known university, and worked in a global enterprise. He is, however, now helping his mother in the restaurant. She told me that her son got H1 visa times ago, and now he is in an illegal status. I do not know how the American visa is granted exactly. I could not understand, however, why such a man with a college degree and professional career should be in illegal status.
She said, ” I have already bought a home for him. He is such a good man.” Her voice has kind of melancholic tone. She proposed a plan to me. She said,” Would you, sir, come to my restaurant to see my son, and tell me if you could arrange a marriage?” She promised me that she would return the expense afterwards if I could simply pretend to be one of the daily customers in that restaurant.
She was born in Korea, spent her youth as a nurse in Germany, and is now an old woman in the States. She spent her youth positively by taking the brunt of life, but could be only a “mother” in front of her son’s destiny.
I decided to meet that man once. I have been to the restaurant with 2 couple managers in a weekend. When I entered saying “hello,” the mother was surprised, and murmured, “You’ve really come.” As I ordered food, she disappeared intentionally to let us see her son working. The son looked healthy and normal. He looked, however, somewhat blue. If the son were in Korea, I think he would be a good husband with that kind of educational background and family. He is, however, an illegal alien even though he is all Americanized in the past 22 years.
I came out of the restaurant after paying $30.- dollars. The mother followed us right afterward and tried to reimburse but I did not get the money back.