Cha Yu Ri (Kim Tae-Hee) is a ghost who have been lingering on Earth, staying close to her husband and daughter, family and friends for five years until one day she miraculously came back to life but only for 49 days.
Hi Bye Mama reminded me of how beautiful yet painful this life can be. How we take life for granted and ignore that death is a fact until it is right in front of us.
This drama made me cry from its 4th episode down to the last. It is full of love yet heartbreaking. It’s full of regrets and what ifs. It’s about missing people and letting go. It’s about acceptance.
All the ghosts in the story have regrets and that made me think about my life. Am I living a life that I won’t regret later? Are there things that I should be doing now before its too late? I also started thinking if its just right that I am still here, away from my husband and family or should I pack my stuff and go home permanently before its too late.
The concept of Cha Yu Ri, coming back for 49 days also made me think about the fact that once we are gone (whether its about dying or just leaving), people remember us for some time but soon enough we will be forgotten and replaced. And though we might get a chance to come back, things will never be the same again and probably, we just have to leave them as they were.
I really like this drama even though it made my eyes swell for several days. I also like the fact that although there’s sadness, there’s no hate because all the characters were nice. There were moments that made me laugh too and one of them is when Cha Yu Ri, Ko Hyun-Jung and Oh Min-Jung ganged up to fight all the gossip-moms.
As our Kdrama expert Anne says, there are lots of flashbacks that can be avoided but other than that, it’s overall a good drama.
Let this drama be a reminder that life is short. Live it to the fullest. Say what you want to say. Do what you want to do. Not all of us gets a second chance. Not all of us gets to say goodbye.