Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tribute to My Mother

My mom's health is getting worse every day, and she is not much herself anymore.  It saddened me to see how she has aged.  I remember how sharp she was in helping my dad raise us and in making many decisions at the last minute.

The morning we had an emergency evacuation from the town we were staying because the communist regime was moving in closer.  It was such a chaotic morning, people were running on the street tried to find ways to leave town.  My father was so ill at the time, and if it weren't for a close friend of my dad to come help us go to the port, we all would have stayed behind and my dad would have been killed.

We all got on his truck and realized my little brother was not there.  We were all panic and I can see
my mom's eyes were full of distress. The guns fire were getting closer and all the road to Saigon had
been closed. The sea was the only way out. My brother -in-law told us to all to go the port ahead and
he will go find my brother. My dad was so sick and almost unconscious. My mom had to make the
decision to let my brother in law go and chance to lose them both forever or we were all to stay behind
and face whatever comes. Within a minute she had to weigh between the lives of the family. She let
my brother-in-law left looking for my brother and we all went on our way. Mom cried so hard that I
thought she could die.  In the end, my brother-in-law found my younger brother and met up with us.

I have my own family now and in making daily decisions. I can't help but admire and respect my
mom for being such a strong person in taking care of her family. I realize now how hard it was  for
my mom then to make such decisions. We all want what's best for our children.  I love you Mom!

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