How I Met My Mother

How I Met My Mother

I remember clearly the first time I met my mother. I was nearly seven years old—a mixed-race Korean child of a prostitute and an American GI—when I was adopted into a Swedish American family with four existing biological children. I remember suddenly being very frightened. I realized that somewhere outside of my plane waited complete strangers who would have total power over me. I would be alone with no one whom I knew to turn to, in a land that was strange beyond my understanding, where I spoke not one word of the language. This reality closed its fist around my heart and squeezed, shooting up my pulse and my runaway terror. 

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Meet Andrew Alford, Jeffrey Norberg, & Kate, Wicker Park, Chicago

Meet Andrew Alford, Jeffrey Norberg, & Kate, Wicker Park, Chicago

When hotel designer Andrew Alford got an offer to pack up shop in hometown San Francisco, and become chief creative officer for boutique chain Graduate Hotels, based in Chicago, he knew it would be a big transition (not least of all because of the weather). “It was definitely a change for our family,” says Alford’s husband, Jeffrey Norberg, an intellectual property lawyer. “But Chicago is a great city to raise a kid in!” 

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