These days it seems like everything must be easy, simple, or convienient. And I can't deny that I, too, prefer such shortcuts in basically every aspect of my life. My family and friends are very busy people too and they often call Kimchi "Keumchi" (Keum/Geum means Gold in Korean) meaning that Kimchi is that valuable to busy Koreans. Kimchi is part of a life for a Korean and Kimchi is not the easiest thing to make. It takes time to make at home and it is expensive to buy at a store.
But we always miss homemade cooking during our busy lives. Don't we? At least I do. I really get sick of eating out and just miss homemade meals.
I miss that special taste you just can't get it from the store bought ones. I'm sure you know what I mean. Koreans call such taste mom's "Sohn Maht." Sohn means 'hand' and Maht means 'taste.' It describes the wonderful taste of homemade cooking that everyone loves. The term implies that whoever cooks for their own family, traditionally the mother of a family, transfers love and care into a unique taste while cooking (with hands). That's why your mother's cooking is always so good!! Mothers want to feed their children something healthy and tasty and we can taste her love. It's her Sohn Maht!