“She’s Gold, I’m Poop.”. That’s the title of this story. Hello. I am Choi Gahye, a fourth grader who resents her grandmother so much. She treats my elder sister like gold and me like poop. This winter, she bought my sister a 287-dollar orange winter coat and a 50-dollar jacket. She bought me three pairs of socks. That’s too different. Whenever she has the slightest symptoms of cold, she goes, “My poor puppy, you’re burning with fever.” “Let’s go see a doctor.” But when I got hospitalized, she didn’t even visit me. She said, “My goodness, you mischievous girl.” When my mom tries to scold us for fighting, she says to my mom, “How dare you scold my sweetie?” “You should only scold the little one.” She yells like that. It hurts me the most when she says this. “Goodness. You should’ve only had one child.” “The second one is too naughty.” “She will just waste her father’s hard-earned money.” – Oh, dear. / – I feel hurt when she says that. Do I not deserve any love? Why does she treat me so badly? I want to ask my grandmother. (Please cherish me too Grandma!) It’s a sad story. Esther seems upset. Yes. Among five girls, I’m the third one in my family. So my sisters used to pass down their clothes to me. It gets passed down to me after my two sisters. And the clothes always ripped when it got to me. My mom always scolded me for being rough. – That’s unfair. / – She blamed me for ripping them. Your younger sister didn’t get any clothes. – Right. So she wore new clothes. / – She got new ones. When my dad bought me a nice European style piggy bank on his business trip, I saved my money every day. But my elder sisters spent all my money and I was too foolish to know it. When you start talking, you never stop. – Yes. / – She’s desperate to get more screen time. – That’s not it. / – She’s frustrating. Is this one of the menopausal symptoms? He had everything growing up, so he doesn’t know. (This couple’s life is like a comedy.) Let’s meet the girl who sent us the story. Please come on out. (Who’s worried about her discriminating grandmother?) (Choi Gahye) She’s so cute. She’s so adorable. – You should take off your shoes here. / – She’s cute. Do you think your grandmother discriminates against you? Yes. When she calls my sister, she says, “Come here, my lovely puppy.” But she swears whenever she talks to me. – Why is she unfair to her? / – So… – You must feel hurt. / – Her house is near ours. – I see. / – So we visit her often. But she says only my sister should visit her. – Really? / – Does she tell you not to come? When I go with her, Grandma asks why I came along. I can’t believe this. That is too harsh. Grandmothers are normally… Why do you think she treats you unfairly? I don’t know. She just doesn’t like me. You wouldn’t have come here if you knew. Can you tell us about one upsetting incident? I wanted my grandmother to love me, so I helped my sister with the dishes. Good girl. My sister made a mess in the sink but she blamed me for it. – “Did you do this?” / – She always blames you. One time, soup got spilled on the table. My sister spilled it but Grandma blamed me. I told her my sister was the one who did it but she told me I was lying. – That’s so sad. / – Are there more? – I once gave her a massage. / – Did you? With these tiny hands. When my sister does it, Grandma tells her to stop. But when I do it, she tells me to massage harder. – “Harder!” / – Whenever we argue, she sides with my sister without knowing the situation. – She’s unfair. / – She sides with your sister. Doesn’t your sister stop your grandmother when she does that? Most of the time she’s evil. – Is your sister evil? / – Yes. She uses Grandma as a shield. – She protects your sister. / – She’s got her back. When she gets scolded by Mom, she threatens to tell on her to Grandma and Mom can’t scold her. When she does scold my sister, my sister tells on my mom and my mom gets scolded. You seem to resent your grandmother a lot and I don’t know why she is like this. She’s sitting over there and she resembles Lee Hongryol a lot. I thought Hongryol was here. – Hello. / – Hello. – Hello. / – Hello, I am Gahye’s grandmother. Hello. You just heard your granddaughter’s story. How do you feel about it? The two girls have a very different personality. – Personality. / – Gahye is bad-tempered. (Is she laughing at her granddaughter?) – And? / – The first one is innocent and very sensitive. Then do you admit that you treat them differently? I do treat them differently. Even if I want to treat Gahye nicely, she asks for me to treat her badly. Let us get to the bottom of this. It was the eldest who made the mess. Why did you blame Gahye for it? It’s been such a long time that I forgot about that. – Did you forget about it? / – When did it happen? Then why did you say that Gahye shouldn’t visit your house? I never told her not to come. – Is this a hearing? / – That’s what she thought. – “I don’t know. I don’t remember.” / – When I… When I talk to her, she gets really upset. She doesn’t listen when I ask her to run errands. Then let me ask you this. You call your elder granddaughter “My lovely puppy”. I’ve never done that in front of Gahye. Then who called her that? How do you call Gahye? What? How do you call Gahye? Little puppy? What? – She’s adorable! / – Grandma! What’s wrong? – What? / – How do you call Gahye? I call her by her name of course. Is there a reason why you adore and cherish your first granddaughter more? I do adore her more. – Why? / – I admit that. When she was five, she had a big surgery. – Goodness. / – I see. She had a big surgery on her face. And her body is imbalanced, so she used to fall all the time when she was little. So I have a soft spot for her. That’s why I favor her. I am nicer to my elder granddaughter. She says she favors your sister because your sister was weak when she was little. Can’t you understand her? I can understand her loving my sister more. But I can’t understand why she would hate me. Right. – She’s right. / – According to your grandmother, you don’t help her when she asks you for help. – You act up. / – You talk back to her. She always yells at me. When she tells me that I’m a bad girl, I get upset. Right. You didn’t do anything wrong. That’s why I got upset and yelled at her. – And she thinks I’m bad-tempered. / – Right. But you’re such a lovely girl. She’s just a fourth grader but she logically explained herself. She understands her grandma for loving her sister more. But she doesn’t understand why she hates her. Maybe she’s being considerate of your unwell sister. But my sister is healthy. (What are you talking about?) What does she know? (She’s so lovely.) She says she’s favoring your sister for being weak – but you think it’s not true. / – She’s smart. She’s strong now. My sister watches TV when Grandma asks me to run errands for her. – You hate that. / – I wanted to do it with my sister, so I told Granny that. And she told me I couldn’t do that. – Did she tell you to go alone? / – Yes. – You can’t do anything about that. / – That’s… That’s something – we all went through. / – I went through it too. – Me too. / – I was the youngest. – But… / – All my sisters were watching TV. that’s just how it is for the youngest child. You wish she’d do it once in five times. Even if I do it ten times, she wouldn’t do it once. That’s why I’m trying to make it once in five times. (Chanwoo is trying to cut a deal for her.) I’m trying. That’s what you want, isn’t it? – Yes. / – Right. When I was in second grade, I was once ill-treated by my teacher. She suddenly asked me what was the capital of the US. I said Washington and my rival said New York. – I was right. / – Right. But she said New York was the real capital. What is that? – That’s nonsense. / – She hated me. – So… / – Listen. – What’s important is that / – She’s interrupting. it happened exactly 43 years ago. I still remember that teacher’s name. – I remember how she treated me. / – Right. – It was so unfair. So I understand her. / – Right. (You can’t forget about being maltreated.) Since when did you think that she resents you? One time, I left school early and went to Grandma’s house. She said I was pretending to be sick. – Did she think you were lying? / – Yes. Was there another one? A couple of months ago, I went to ride see-saw with my sister and her friends. She suddenly got off the seesaw. – You dropped suddenly. / – You dropped. Yes. So I bumped my tummy into the handle – and I got hospitalized for a week. / – Goodness. But my grandma didn’t visit me and she said I got hurt because I’m naughty. Why didn’t you visit her in the hospital? – She was in the hospital for a week. / – Yes. – She stayed for a week. / – Please use the mic. – Please talk to the mic. / – I don’t remember it. (I don’t need the mic because I don’t remember.) This is not a hearing, madam. Why do you keep avoiding every question? – I was sick recently. / – Stop avoiding my questions. (You’re too mean!) Let’s forget about the time when she was hospitalized. Then why did you tell her to stop pretending to be sick when she was actually sick? I don’t remember that either. – Goodness! / – Gosh. – She’s unbelievable. / – Goodness. What’s wrong with you? What? Let’s talk to her sister at this point.