When I’m Home Alone

Finally, she has time to herself, because her husband and her son are both, working late, this is, a hard-to-come-by mini “vacation” all right, and she really needed the recharge too! Translated…

My husband’s on shift tonight, my son working overtime, there’s only me at home at night, it’s, such a rare opportunity, that I get to be, alone on my own.

查看來源圖片what we’re, in need of…photo from online…

Ordinarily, everybody’s there, I couldn’t have a breath to myself, I’d need to, get my apron on, and entered, into, yet another battlefield—the kitchen, to take over my husband’s not yet finished up supper, and I’d needed to, get myself so dirty, before I’m able to, sit down to eat, and, I’d turned into, a worm, after I’d done, busying, too spent.

Tonight, I’m the only one home, very leisure, I’d changed into my relaxation outfit, I’ll get some snack, to keep the feelings of hunger away, I suppose! Then, sort through the newspapers, see what’s happened today. After reading the papers, I’d, opened up the fridge, to see what there is for me to eat, heated the plates up, an easy supper.

It’s really easy, just me, no need to, go out of my way, I can also, slow my own paces down, at this time, I have the opportunities, to finish everything slow, this was, such, an extravagance, for a working woman! After I’m full, I’ll, watch a few episodes of Korean soap, and after the soaps, my husband, my son should be, home, and, I shall, turn back to Cinderella, from a princess then.

here’s a woman, relaxing…photo from online…查看來源圖片pampering herself, because she EARNED it!!!  Image from online…

Even though life is like so, I’d already, gotten, recharged, and my fatigue, taken away by half, and I have, more energies, to embrace all the challenges that come towards me then. I love being at home alone, only during this period of time, would I feel, that I’m my own person. Turns out, spending time alone, slowing my own paces down, is the best sort of a gift for a career woman.

And so, this showed, how hard we women (yeah, I’m still one!!!) work, in, and OUT of our homes, unlike how you LOSERS (as that is what you all are!!!) can just, kick off your dress shoes, start turning into a POTATO on the couch after you come home from work, we women are still running, running, running NONSTOP, and when our husbands (yeah right, as if I got one??? GET REAL here!!!) and our young are away, we get the spare time to OURSELVES…

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Burn, Small Universe

It took you, forever, to build up to this particular moment, and yet, you’d still, CHICKENED out!!! Translated…

Every boy, when he was young, he would imagine that he’s a super hero, and I’d, always wanted to be Saint, Seiya.

and here are the  characters from that cartoon…from online…查看來源圖片

As we were selecting our spot for the honeymoon, my wife wanted a romantic trip to Greece, I’d naturally, agreed. But, I didn’t care about Mykonos, Santorini, I’m only there, for the Parthenon! As a Seiya fan, how can I never go to, the hometown of, Athena?

That day when we went to the sight, as the tour guide introduced to us, the histories of Athens, my wife was in awe at how majestic the Parthenon was, while the other tourists were busying, taking pictures, I kept thinking, that my childhood dream was, about to, come true.

I shall, stand right before the Parthenon, and, show off the fighting pose I’d practiced for over ten years on end, and, as I throw the punches, I will be, screaming, “Burn, small UNIVERSE!”, my dreams of over twenty years ago, is about to come true on this very day, and, this small secret disclosed itself, with the smile that’s, slowly, crawling onto my face.

As my wife noticed, she’d asked me, “What are you so happy about?”

As my wife had asked, shall I, have her, tape record me? I’d, wondered.

“What, are you smiling about?”, she became, fazed.

posing, at the Parthenon, photo from online…查看來源圖片

“Of course, it’s this trip with you. Yeah, by the way, did you know, that the Goddess of Victory was, NIKE………”

Oh well, perhaps not, I don’t have the guts, it’s, simply, too, embarrassing for me to do it!

And so, this man made the very WISE decision, to NOT make a fool of himself, risking his wife getting angry at him on their honeymoon, which might (or might not!) lead to her giving him the silent treatment for the rest of the trip………

Wanting to Protect Lost Children, the Sunny Twenty-Four Year-Old Girl Passed the Exams to Become a Legal Guardian

She has a dream, and set the goals, and step-by-step, she’d finally, achieved her dreams of becoming a legal guardian, to help more children in need, from the Newspapers, translated…

She’d Part-Timed Through University to Help Lighten the Burdens of Her Family, the Motivations of Taking the Government Exams in the Justice Department Came from Her Camp Activities, She’d Wanted to Work Directly with the Cases, to Help Them More

Tsai, who took the specialized examinations from the justice department to become a legal guardian, when she was in school, she’d gotten involved in the teams that went back to her hometown, to help give the assistances needed in the distant region schools, she’d found, that children growing up in those circumstances are easily influenced by their environments, that they may get bullied, or may have established the wrong kinds of values, and go down the wrong paths in their lives, she’d wanted to become a legal guardian to help show the lost children the way from the experiences.

She’d graduated from the public administrations major from Danjiang University, being active and optimistic, she’d once volunteered with the Huashan Foundation, in her freshman and sophomore years, she’d gone back with the teams of volunteers to help bring better education to the children in the distant regions, being warmhearted, and always spreading the kindness, she’d hoped, that in the future, she could, work in related areas of helping others too.

“Attending the squads became my motivation of taking the specialized judiciary exams!”, Tsai said, back then as she’d gone back to her hometown, she was the counselor of the volunteers, she’d found, that most of the kids in the camps were very well-behaved, but there were, a few who were, mischievous, always picked on others, and cussed a lot, and after she’d gotten to understand them, she’d found, they were only, looking for the attention of adults.

And so, she’d set up a small role, asked these children to help maintain the orders, to give them an opportunity, and the kids started working harder, to do better, the same can be applied to adolescents, even adults too, bad behaviors and criminal actions, don’t happen overnight, so long as a chance was given, there’s a way, to direct the behaviors.

Tsai said, she was also from an economically ill family, in order to help take the strains off her own family, she’d part-timed through college, worked in the cram schools, the malls, the restaurants, as well as telemarketing and insurance sales too, she could understand the pressures of being from a family with economic problems, she’d hoped, that one day, she gets to use her own abilities and strengths to help those in need.

“If I want to help someone, I should, get to know the separate cases well then!”, Tsai said, because she had an affluent part-timing experiences, and worked in sales, she was confident of her own articulateness, plus the experiences of her interacting with the children at the camps, she’d found that being a legal guardian fitted to her abilities the best, as opposed to the judges or the attorneys.

Before she graduated from college, she’d started preparing for the services exams, and although she went to take the exam, with full confidence, she’d scored one point lower the first time she took it, she’d gave herself another year to take the exams again, and, after she’d realized she’d become the legal guardian, working with the district attorneys, she was so happy she’d cried, and felt glad, that her hard work had, paid off.

Tsai planned to test into the criminology graduate department of Taipei University, hoping to earn her master’s, and get into the field of education, she said, her job is where her interests lie, and it’s still forty years from retirement, she will be working very hard, and learning and helping people at the same time.

And so, because of how she grew up, she’d realized, that there are, children who needed that boost, to excel, and, with that in mind, she’d set her goals, and, she’d passed the exams, and became a legal guardian, and she will keep on marching toward the direction of helping people in the future, with her plans of furthering her education.

A Mother, Praying for Dreams, a Treasure Map of Memories

Remembering her mother, examining the life path her mother had taken, how much she’d, given to her, and her siblings, translated…

For the Slightest Chance, My Mother Went the Distances, in the Possessed Man Who Claimed to be the Reincarnate of the Deity, Jigong, Held Her Breaths, as He’d Performed the Spells onto Her………

How My Parents Met

That day, my mother exited the tour bus, dragged her tired body, slowly, moved her way into the house. She’d placed her luggage lightly, onto the wooden bench, then, turned toward the kitchen, poured herself a huge glass of ice water to quench her thirst. She’d stopped a bit, then, said to me, with great disappointment, “I didn’t dream about anything”.

A few weeks ago, the elderly woman next door came over with an invitation, that the man in charge of the borough was hosting an autumn trip for the neighbors, two days one night, the destination was the Deity Temple in Muzha. These past few years, my mother’s arrhythmia had gotten worse, and out of the year, there would be one, to two fainting spells she’d had, she’d worried about the family worrying over her, and would always told us lightly, “I just need to lie down for a few minutes, and I’ll become, lucid once more.” The doctor told her not to tire herself out, to avoid the long trips, and so, she’d, stopped going on the longer trips. And yet, this trip to the deity’s temple, she’d insisted on attending, only because the elderly woman next door said that it worked wonders, and had often shown up in people’s dreams, to help them resolve their difficulties.

My youngest brother was mentally ill, in twenty years, my parents had sought out an assortment of experts, there wasn’t any treatments, but my mother wouldn’t give up, kept believing, that one day, a cure will, present itself. But, my mother’s trials of life had, stemmed from her marriage.

It was quite dramatic how my parents met, back then, it’d been twenty years since the Nationals fled to Taiwan, it’s during the era where we’d done the laundry by hand, my mother who’s at the prime of her life, started doing the laundry early in the morn at the small creek before their village with the other young girls. The river poured out to the Daja Stream a few kilometers downstream, the spring sun shone on the land, the twenty year old man just fed the two, three hundred egg producing ducks, was on his way home on his bicycle, was stopped by the giggles of the young women, and, the young woman turned around, and smiled at me, it’d, deeply attracted him to her.

The youth couldn’t wait to get home to tell his own mother, of how he’d met the one, and his mother actually had people asking around, to see if the woman was, willing.

“Your grandmother heard, the eldest son, a duck breeder, with a dozen younger siblings, she’d become, stunned, and turned it down without a second though”, many years ago, my mother smiled and told of how my maternal grandmother had, turned away the matchmaker.

In a blink of an eye, eight years passed, both were still unwed, the matchmaker came again, with the man’s will to marry, and my grandmother sighed, and said, that fate allowed for the marriage to happen, “Destined, to be their family”.

Their Most Priceless Possessions: Two Wooden Chests

In their forty years of marriage, my mother spent half of those days in trials.

Shortly after they were wed, there was the disagreement about the amount of assets that were inherited, my parents were chased out by my second uncle. And, the newlywed started receiving handouts to make ends meet, in the time when they were economically unstable, and chased by rents, they’d moved around a lot, and the two wooden chests became their most prized possession, it was the dowry given to my mother by her own parents.

In order to change the household situation fast, my parents worked endlessly, because she was working too hard, my mother started developing herpes around her waist, and, even though it was painful, she’d still not allowed the chances of making a dollar pass by, leaving behind that bad root of the illness, untreated, she’d coughed hard, and, became incontinent. Being conservative, she’d sought out the treatment from a female urologist at Veteran’s Memorial, and, as the young male intern who was learning asked all the questions, my mother felt ashamed, and never gone back to the hospital again, and ever since, adult diapers became a part of her life.

illustration from the papers online…圖/江長芳

My mother worried endlessly, the children’s school performances, their health, marriage, my second youngest brother-in-law’s many affairs caused my second sister’s marriage to fail, she’d supported her daughter’s decision, and, went against her husband’s back, and acted as the witness to the divorce, lightly, she’d said, “The two families had, severed all ties, we don’t owe each other anything anymore.” That was, the harshest thing she’d ever said in her whole life.

In the elderly years, there were, two things that stayed on her mind, her youngest son’s illness, and, her bookworm daughter’s marriage. Every time there’s the slightest hope, my mother would go the distances, to get the treatments, and, in front of the claimed, deity possessed man, she’d, held her breath, allowed him to cast his spells on her, the saliva, mixed in with the rice wines, spat all over her face, people by her side thought it was disgusting, but she’d, taken that in stride; she’d, taken home the blessed ashes from the incense burned, and, secretly, added into her son’s drinks, and spent tens of thousands of dollars, for the air of the deities to get into her son, and, thinking on it, all of her actions were, beyond foolish, but, it was, a mother’s wishing for a miracle to happen to her own son.

She’d heard that the Guanxi bone reader was extremely accurate, she’d coaxed her daughter to see him, the bone reader pressed down on my palms, said, “when you go out with a guy, don’t eat that much, leave a good impression”, she knew her daughter was just like her, started laughing, and told her daughter who had an amazing appetite, to eat less, to eat less.

Once, during the transition into summer from the springtime, my mother rode across Gang Road in Taichung, it was in March, the poppies were blooming, so brightly colored, orange, it was so beautiful, she’d spoken with awe about it.

This year, the poppies are blooming again, still just as radiant, the road was what it was from before. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, it’d been, thirteen years since my mother had been gone.

And so, this woman had given everything to her family, she’d wanted nothing but her children’s health and their good marriages, and, that is the traditional Asian women’s way, of holding the family together, of showing their love to their loved ones.

An Outstanding Nurse, Being a Voice for the Patients

Awarded for outstanding work! From the Newspapers, translated…

The department head of the Cardinal Tien Nursing School, Lee, because her father fell ill and entered into the I.C.U., she’d stayed beside him long-term, watching how much pain her father was enduring, she’d thought, “If I’m a professional, then, I can help him feel better”, but until she’d gotten her nursing license, and received a master’s degree from abroad, she’d found, that the patients often couldn’t tell the medical professionals what was wrong with them, and at this time, the nurses became their spokespersons.

Lee who’d received the special contributions award, after she’d received her nursing license, she’d gone to Australia to get her college degree, then, received her master’s in England, and during this time, she’d worked as a district hospital in Australia in the I.C.U. of a local Australian hospital for a year and a month, in the end, she’d chosen to come back to Taiwan, to offer what she’d learned to the community. After she’d come back, she’d worked in the Zhongxing Hospital as a nurse for the neurosurgery department, then, she’d started teaching part-time at the Cardinal Tien’s Nursing School’s Health Management Department, then became a full-time instructor.

“The knowledge combined with the professionalism, that, is what can help the patients fully.”

During her time teaching, she’d written the very first “Health Exams and Evaluation Techniques Manual” textbook, and allowed the filming of her doing the examinations correctly without any payment, she’d received the “Teaching Excellence” and the “Model Internship Instructor” awards.

And so, because of her work, she’d realized that there was this need, and she’d used her knowledge and her skills, and combined the theories with the applications, to better serve her patients, and it’s with her dedication to her job, and others like her, that’s given Taiwan the name of being one of the best medical provisions countries in the world right now.

The Do-Gooders of the World

The social workers are, angels on earth that’s for sure!!! Translated…

Back when I was younger, there was an elderly who lived alone in the neighborhood, he was very eccentric, as the social workers brought him the lunches to have conversations with him, he’d always used sarcasms and mockery. But I’d recalled the social worker always wore that radiant smile, and used her ill-spoken Taiwanese to hold the conversations, and although the elderly laughed at how broken she’d spoken the tongue, he was still willing to, keep conversing with the social worker.

Why did the elderly love and hated talking with the social worker? That kept bothering me, until as we all moved away to school, to work, left home, and my grandmother started talking to herself more and more frequently, I’d understood, that it was, the fear of loneliness. Because she’d feared lonely, and couldn’t hear as well, and so, she’d turned the volume on the T.V. loud, so there would be more noises in the house, that she no longer felt abandoned by the world. At this time, I would recall the social worker from way back when, and understood finally, the good work they were doing, and how they have the gentlest of all hearts.

like this???  Photo from online…查看來源圖片

My younger sister is in the social work majors, and people asked her why she selected the major, she said she’d gone to volunteer many times, and going to the nursing home to accompany the elderly made her felt most fulfilled. “So long as I think about those whom I’d helped are my loved ones, I’d felt my heart ache, and I can’t help, but be nicer to them.” My younger sister was close to my grandparents, and she felt bad for those elderly who lived alone. And I couldn’t help but wondered, that social worker who was bad in Taiwanese, was she also, reminded of her elders back home too?

The importance of the social workers, I can’t put into words, but I’m sure, that a lot of people, had felt the warmth of support from them.

And so, this, I suppose is an ode to social workers, because they go in and out of the most dire of situations, and still managed to keep the hope flowing, they’re like angels, who touched as many lives as they can, bringing that smile to that elderly who lived alone’s face, showing care and concerns for everyone else in the world.

A Six-Year-Old Young Girl Was Seriously Injured from Before, Knew the Importance of Helping Others, Donated Her Hair

洪子涵日前剪掉她及腰長髮捐給癌友。 記者張曼蘋/攝影a photo of the six-year-old, holding out the hair she’d cut off to donate, photo  courtesy of UDN.com…

Getting injured had taught this young child the valuable and vital lesson of empathy at a very young age too! From the Newspapers, translated…

A six-year-old girl, Hong, four years ago, as she’d gone to visit in the Lala Mountain Scenic Sights, she’d accidentally slipped and fallen from the spaces in between the railings, onto the platforms down below, she’d suffered multiple intracranial and femur fractures, and bruises all over her body, after the incident, she’d had the local councilwoman, Tsai to have the tourist office to put in the railings, the safety nets, along with the secure ropes, and in order to help more people, she’d gotten involved in the “donating your hair to help cancer patients” too.

“I want to help more children who’d lost their hair from illness”, the last year kindergartener, Hong learned that donating her hair can help others while watching T.V. at home with her mom, she’d spoken the words childishly, “I want to donate too”. And awhile ago, she’d, put her thought to action, cut her waist long, never before cut off hair to shoulder length, she said, “I won’t feel sad that my hair is cut short”.

And so, because this six-year-old young girl was impacted by the accident she’d had four years ago, she’d realized the importance of helping others, and, she was very young, but still did what she could, to give back to the community, donating the hair she’d never cut off since she was a little girl.