Birthday and Wedding
One day in the spring of 1946, following Korea’s liberation, an aide of
But he found she was already tied up with the preparations.
The dinner had long been a concern of many people. Kim Chaek and other anti-Japanese revolutionary veterans had often called on her to press the point.
They had said: “While we were fighting in the mountains, we could not offer a proper birthday dinner for the General. Now we can fulfill our wish.”
“Perhaps he will object, mindful of the country’s situation. But, at all events we must present him with a dinner.”
This was why Kim Jong Suk had started her preparations in private.
“Share the meal?” repeated
The anti-Japanese veterans were overjoyed to hear this, and made sincere efforts to prepare a rich table.
The day finally came. When the veterans arrived to offer their congratulations they found a young man and woman seated before the table. They learned that the leader had turned his birthday dinner into a wedding party for an unmarried veteran who had been orphaned as a child. They were overwhelmed with a sense of frustration.
“This is your first birthday after your triumphal return,” said Kim Chaek to the leader. “How disappointed the people will be to learn that we’ve not presented a dinner for you! They could have their wedding later.”
“No more talk about my birthday,” said
He cast a fond, pleasant look at the couple.
He always took delight in the happiness of the people and of his revolutionary comrades.
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