Introducing Brandy (Upcoming Book: True to Myself by Amanda Griffith)

Hey, My problem is I think I'm an alcoholic. How do I know? I'm really not sure, but I know I've gotten so drunk I've blacked out and said and done things I'm ashamed of. I'm trying to get over my addiction, but I'm scared. My friend Tina just asked me to go to a party. I mean, I can't stay at...

Amanda Griffith

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My Dad’s Memorial Celebration

It’s time to have a memorial for my father again.  It’s been eight years since he has passed away.  I can still see the tender in his eyes when he looked at me when I come to visit.  All of us siblings and grand children gathered at his grave  after church on Sunday. We say prayers, talk to dad regarding what happened to us for this past year, who’s engaged, get married, have babies, graduation etc… just like when he was still with …

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Muc: My Dog, My Friend

I had a  dog in my childhood years.  His name was Muc ‘meaning ink’ because his hair color was all black. He followed me everywhere, from the beginning of the village to the end  He even climbed the mountain with me and waited for me at the foot of the tree when I was up on the tree. My family lived in a small village, almost like a farm area here.  We had mountain, river, brook and not too far there was …

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Vietnam 1970′s Wedding: Thai attends her first wedding

My mom told me one night she would take me to a wedding reception with her in the morning.  Being very young, children often do not attend these important events. Only the adults are invited.  Imagine my excitement. My mom and I left early for the wedding ceremony at church. She reminded me to get ready.  I was excited not because of the food, but because I had not attended any weddings yet.  I wanted to see what happened.  We went to the groom’s house …

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Viet Nam Funeral, 1970, Bong Son

My childhood years were inside a war zone.  There were things that were scary, but to me as a child the  thing that terrified me the most was the sight of a funeral procession through my village.  I used to roam around the neighborhood and play with my friends daily.  No matter how far away from home, if I heard the sound of a funeral procession, I would run home as fast as I could without thinking about anything else. …

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Honoring My Mom on Mother’s Day

My normal schedule for Saturday night into Sunday is with my mom. Since my dad passed away and my mom’s health worsened, my siblings and I decided to take turns to be with my mom since she still wants to live in her own home and not to move in and bother any of us; therefore, we decided to move in with her. Lately, her mind is not very alert. Sometimes she sees things or talks about things that do …

Posted in Dementia, Mental Health, Mother's Day, Parents, vietnamese culture, vietnamese families | 4 Comments

High Heeled Sandals

My childhood years, I lived in a far away province, far from the city. My life was very low maintenance. I did not need much. My clothes were simple. I had cotton pants and shirts for daily activity, and a Vietnamese costume (ao dai) for church or special occasions. My oldest sister had been in French school for a few years; therefore, she knew how to sew dresses. That was why I had many different ruffled dresses to wear to …

Posted in 1960's vietnam, vietnam war, vietnamese children, Vietnamese Clothes, Vietnamese Clothing, vietnamese culture, vietnamese families, vietnamese shoes | Leave a comment

Honoring My Father

This March 28th was the day I will remember for the rest of my life. It is the day I lost my dad six years ago. Since he died, every year my whole family gets together to remember him. We call it Family’s Memorial Day. This year is no different, only it is more special because it is the exact date and day. As always, my oldest brother requested a special mass to pray for our dad. All of my …

Posted in dads, death of a family member, death of a father, family, family holidays, family traditions, fathers, honoring the dead in asian culture, South Vietnam, vietnam traditions, vietnamese culture | 4 Comments

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