One of the most charming aspects of a traditional Korean first birthday, or tol, is the toljabee, in which objects are placed in front of the baby and the one chosen is thought to be a predictor of what the child might become.
Yesterday I got to be part of my grandson's tol. Taemin was splendid in a first birthday outfit that our daughter Yunhee's godparents, Marsha Greenberg and Steve Schuit, had brought last year from Korea.
When a table of objects was placed on the floor in front of him, Taemin practically ran to pick up the rice spoon - the sign of a chef-to-be.
What fun when an event you've illustrated comes to life!