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What is a Noonah?

May 5, 2010
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Not many American’s have a “Noonah.” In fact, it’s not even something that one owns. Noonah is a person. Specifically, it is what a younger brother calls his older sister in Korea. My boys have a Noonah.

Let me back up for those of you who don’t know who Lois is. Before Monkey was born we hosted a student from Korea. Her American name is Lois. She is certainly like a sister to the boys, but it was strange for them to call her by her name because of the large age difference. When Monkey was beginning to talk we weren’t sure what he should call Lois. Miss Lois seemed way too formal even though that is what the boys call the other teenagers. Lois wasn’t just another teenager they knew. That’s when Lois suggested “Noonah.” It was an easy name for Monkey to learn…or so we thought. He spent several months reversing the syllables and calling her “Nahnoo.” He got it right eventually and “Noonah” stuck.

Lois’s mom gave Monkey a traditional Korean outfit that is worn on their first birthday. I was so excited to bring some of Lois’s culture into our family, even if it was only a tiny bit.

It makes me a little sad that she wasn’t able to know Bruiser like she does Monkey. He was born only a month and a half before she graduated High School. Even still, Bruiser knows who she is. He knows her name and that she is away at college.

Noonah called yesterday to say hi to the boys. It was then that I told them she was going to come for a visit. We only get to see her once a year now that she attends college in another state. They were both very excited to hear that she is coming back for a visit.

And I am excited to have my first “daughter” come back on Mother’s Day!

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Please excuse the lack of blogging this week. I’ve been busy getting the house back in order from having the grandparents last week and Noonah visiting next week.

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