We don't want to get all Hemingway on you, but in A Step From Heaven the sea really is kind of how Hemingway imagines it: your greatest foe and your greatest friend.
we do know? Because Uhmma tells us so (okay, she actually tells Young
Ju), that's how. She reminds Young Ju about how Apa taught Young Ju how
to jump into the waves:
He loved the waves, Uhmma says. I
remember how worried I was to see you go into the water. But somehow he
taught you to be brave that day. You loved the waves after that. Never
wanted to come out. (29.47)
Apa teaches Young Ju how to be
brave in front of those waves… It's like An Na is practically hitting us
over the head with a big banner stating "Braving Sea's Waves = Facing
Life's Obstacles" here. But hey—we never said An Na was subtle.