Pak Gwang-seok, or Glenn Park as he was better known to the English speaking world, was the only son of dry cleaning service proprietors Dong-geun and Nam-seon. Dong-geun had immigrated in 1979, the same year that Nam-seon's family bought the establishment from an elderly Italian couple about to go into retirement.
The addition of Dong-geun as a worker was welcomed by Nam-seon's parents and in response to the behest of the latter, they dated for a year before becoming engaged in 1980 and getting married in 1981.
Circumstances gradually pushed Dong-geun and Nam-seon to the forefront of the family business shortly as the daily work eventually became too taxing for the latter's aging mother and father.
The hiring of new staff members to fill the positions once belonging to Glenn's parents began when he was around eight years of age. A pool of thirty candidates was whittled down to two middle aged women whom happened to be old friends of Nam-seon.
On a typical day, Nam-seon would be stationed at the front to deal with customers while the other two women cleaned and carried out minor repairs behind the scenes. Dong-geun was in charge of bookkeeping and budgeting, along with the parental responsibility of making sure his son's homework was always completed to the utmost quality.
This structure remained unchanged until Glenn was fourteen, when his mother began falling victim to frequent bouts of exhaustion and moodiness. He complained about the sudden change in her behavior to his father, which prompted a weekend trip to the doctor that quickly cleared things up.
Nam-seon had become pregnant and the news of was met with much panic from Glenn's grandparents, for they had simply never heard of a woman her age being able to bear children without complications.
She stubbornly insisted that she'd power through it and continue working, though Dong-geun was able to convince her after much debate that it would be better for everyone if she took it easy and let others take over for the next nine months.
Nam-seon agreed, but not before demanding that at least another person be hired to make up for her absence and reduce the chance of jobs going undone due to a lack of staff.