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“My parents asked for something to make John-Jin grow. They didn’t ask what that “something” was and nor did I. And Together we allowed in the unknown. It took some time to show itself. It took ten years exactly.(576)”

Susans’ father and mother were hoping for a second child for a long time. After every game of miniature golf with between Susan and her father, her father wished for a second child. Susan, the narrator, talks about how her wishes had changed as the years passed, but her fathers’ never changed. John-Jin was found in a football scarf, but no one remembered the team or color of it because, ” ‘The details don’t matter, love,’ said my mother, changing John-Jin’s american_football_scarf-r34ecfde49a4343f1a263ed3f651a5e72_jpj47_8byvr_324nappy on her lap, ‘what matters is that he’s here with us now. We’ve waited for him for ten
years and here he is (574).'” On page 574, Susan mentions John-Jin not being able to grow. One doctor says it is because of genetics but the family doesn’t believe it. They take him to a specialist and they give John-Jin growth hormones, which later are the cause of his death. John-Jin died from a disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is a neurological disease that, ” In the early stages of disease, people may have failing memory, behavioral changes, lack of coordination and visual disturbances. As the illness progresses, mental deterioration becomes pronounced and involuntary movements, blindness, weakness of extremities, and coma may occur.¹” The lesson that Susan explains on page 576 is one that is important. The lesson is that you shouldn’t wish for something unless you know everything that you are wishing for.


  1. “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet.” National institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Mar. 2003, www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cjd/detail_cjd.htm. Accessed 8 Nov. 2016.

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