hi, I'm Irene and this is my blog. all images and content © 2005-2017 Irene Nam unless stated otherwise. please do not use original images without permission. thank you!


in loving memory of
Oliver Yu-An Nam
Feb 1 - May 20 2014

Entries in love thursday (6)


"hold tenderly that which you cherish"



love is in the air


more Love Thursday here and here.


love from Korea


more Love Thursday here.


morning love

I wait. fighting the scuttling tide of busy parents in suits and heels, already late for work. I wait, standing on my tip toes and straining my eyes to see my son. Louise is playing with dolls, a little boy is clinging desperately to his mother's arm. I wait because I made a promise. I promised I'd be there when he's finished drawing and that I'd wave at him, every morning.

the crowd is thinning, and I can hear the distant traffic rumble down the street. I watch. through the wide glass window, my child's head crowned with a halo of innocence.

"I think he forgot" Louise's father says to me. Louise didn't forget, and she's blowing kisses to the man whose life now revolves around her hopes and dreams. "I think you can go."

yes, I could. but I know my son. and I know that he never forgets. I wait. again. then there he is. his face glowing with contentment, his confidence restored and pouring out love and a kind of stately relief into my life. knowing that I didn't fail him. and that no matter what, we will always have this.

he waves at me. and I wave back.

more Love Thursday here and here.


far away love


I know I should be used to it now. that it should almost feel perfunctory, like a ritual that is getting too old. his black travel bag. his frequent business trips. but I woke up this morning brimming with emotion, and I thought God, please, help me get through this. I miss him. I miss him so much, I reflected, and the unbidden thought made me feel like weeping.

more Love Thursday here and here.


love is (really) all around me, and so the feeling grows


more about Love Thursday here.