Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I Like You / 我喜歡你

多年前,男孩帶著這本書去紐約找他愛的女孩,女孩最後還是拒絕他,於是他把書送給我。多年後,男孩結了婚有了自己的小孩,我某一天卻猛然發現,我的書櫃裡藏著他過往的傷心:It's ok. Your once-broken heart is safe with me.

Many years ago, a boy took this book to New York as a gift for the girl he loved. She turned him down in the end, though. Not knowing what to do with the book, he gave it to me. Years later, the boy was happily married to another girl. One day I found that his past sad love affair hides in my book shelf: It's ok. Your once-broken heart is safe with me.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Little Bee / 小蜜蜂


After half a year, I finally wrote a story based on Caterina's favorite words. However, I was and am rather clueless when looking for the appropriate media. When I got to the fourth version, Kai's naughtiness inspired me, which brought about quite unexpected effect. 


Though I have no idea what the final look will be, but it's actually fun to grope for my way in confusion...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Encountering Chopin / 遇見蕭邦


This spring, I often encounter a young boy whose name has the same translation as the musician Chopin in Chinese on the MRT. But the young Chopin is dozing off all the time. I can't help searching for the portraits of the real Chopin. If he were also taking the metro ride, would he feel that people were wasting the beautiful spring days? 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yuanfen / 緣份


Two sets of people in my family were born on the same date. As for others, even though their birth dates are not exactly the same, they are only two or three days apart. All this can be explained as coincidence, but I'd rather think it's because we were born to be family. 


Dad, Jun and Kai were all born on May 27. A lot of their gestures or personalities give us a sense of deja-vu. For example, when Mom took Kai to a bakery this week, Kai couldn't help combing his hair as the wind blew hard. When Mom saw that, her heart skipped a beat. That so reminded her of her dear husband! Obviously, people born on this day give much attention to their appearance. When we told Dad about the story, he laughed, meaning "so true..." 


There's no English word for "Yuan-fen," because the word destiny or fate just can't define it.  Wikipedia defines it as "the binding force that links two people together in a relationship." I live in a family with strong yuanfen, and that's why we always have a jolly time!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

New York / 紐約


When we were daydreaming of our respective travel plans, Dad spoke of taking a sun bath in Central Park this coming autumn. As I heard it, what came to mind was Bryant Park. There I watched my first outdoor movie--An Affair to Remember with Chichi in mid-summer. 


The beauty about aging is that a place name can conjure up the colorful memories that I have collected... 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Holding hands / 牽手


The boys have grown up, so I no longer hold their hands when we go out for fun. Today I walk at such a fast pace that Kai has a hard time following me. 


My arms swing back and forth, and suddenly a small hand holds onto mine and nestles in my palm. At that moment my heart is filled with warmth. I think to myself, few things in the world make me feel so blissful as holding the hands of the ones I love...

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

about stars / 關於星星


Many stars are tucked inside the dark folds in the sky. They won't reveal themselves until our eyes are adjusted to the dark...


This spring, the boys and I look for the stars in the neighborhood. We run and sing Mayday's Persistence of the Planet: You and I, watch the stars. The night sky, is so mysterious...

Sunday, March 03, 2013

spring 3 / 春天 3


This spring I often accompany the boys when they go play on the slide. The strangers never doubt the assumption that I am their mother. Now Von is old enough to take care of Kai, so I don't follow hot on their heels. I move at my own slow pace, letting the children lunge forward in excitement.


Possessing such beautiful memories, Von always reminisces the moments with a joyful smile: Auntie Wanda wears sunglasses, and we go for a sunbath together. Oh, do not forget the blooming azaleas in the backdrop. All these form our dazzling memories of spring 2013.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Wounds / 傷口


I often take a close look at my interpersonal relationship. Lately I've had an interesting discovery, that is, my ex-students who are especially close to me seem all to have wounds deep in them. After all, the happy birds find joy whomever they are with, but the wounded ones find sunny personalities particularly irresistible. 


On the other hand, people with wounds are strong in their own ways. In the end it all comes down to one of my favorite quotes: God is fair. With time passing, I am inseparable from my wounded babes. After all, the sun depends on the shadow to bring out its light.