Eugene Cho

happy birthday to my wife

A sincere Happy Birthday – today – to my wife, Minhee, on her 38th birthday.  I know that folks don’t like their ages to be published but in her case, it’s ok since she’s aged so well…

Both my wife and I constantly hear how young we both look.  We still occasionally get carded when we order some wine or beer.  There are some folks that get shocked when they see us walking around with our three children.  And so, while folks sort of smile at us because we look so young right now, let me be honest with y’all.  We will be laughing at all our non-Asian friends when we all turn 60 around the same time in the future.  You will look your age at 60 but we’ll be looking 40.  And yes, we will rub it in.  🙂

The first picture is Minhee during college and the second was taken last month.  Thank you, Minhee, for your deep devotion, friendship and partnership.  Happy Birthday.

And by the way, she says she wants the following items for her birthday.  She asked that you deliver it to me so I can deliver it to her.

  • 52 inch Plexiglass Portable Basketball Hoop
  • Makita PowerDrill Set
  • Canon Rebel XTi
  • Golf Clubs

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Filed under: family, marriage

6 Responses

  1. Many wishes….may God bless your family.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Minhee – Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Eugene – “You will look your age at 60 but we’ll be looking 40. And yes, we will rub it in. :)”………Ouch 😦

  3. Becky says:

    Minhee is beautiful and an incredible woman! You are a lucky man:)

    We’ll see at 60…my grandmother didn’t wrinkle until she was well in her 70’s…

  4. Esther says:

    Wonderful blessings to you, dear Minhee! Do you remember the blueberry cheesecake with your nickname on it? That was how many years ago? It seems like yesterday…

  5. LK. says:

    she hasn’t aged at all…she actually looks younger in the second photo.

    in this town people think i am 15 or so…

  6. thkim says:

    Youre a lucky guy… even the gifts she wants seem like they are for you 😉

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