Naomi Kim

Four_Types_Pho_Customers

notes from the noodle nook

four types of pho customers

I’m sweaty. It’s only been 20 minutes since my shift started, but I’ve already somehow managed to pour steaming hot broth onto my gloved hand instead of into the bowl. But now there’s no one to serve, and time seems to slow down in here, inching along at an unbearable pace. I sigh and gather…

Lessons Learned from Toddler Teachers

schooled

lessons learned from toddler teachers

“Mama! Mama! MAMA!” screams the two-year-old girl circling my legs, arms outstretched and face screwed up in the effort of crying. My hands are trembling slightly as I pull on purple gloves. I want to burst into tears like her and scream, “I AM NOT YOUR MOTHER!” But what little sanity I have left tells…