Happy birthday to my beautiful mother! Before my wedding, my Mom scanned in all our family photos and gave me a USB with every file sorted by year, occasion and date. I’ve been browsing through snapshots of our trips to Taiwan when my brother and I were little before my paternal grandparents immigrated to the US. We had some fun times.
In 1988, we met a monkey at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.
That same year, my parents took us to their Tainan alma mater, National Chengkung University (國立成功大學), where I evidently experienced a fit of narcolepsy.
We made our last family trip to Taiwan in 1992, but since I moved here in 2007, my parents have visited regularly. On one of those trips, I was kidding around with my Mom and she said, “我在你眼中從來都沒normal” (I’ve never been normal in your eyes”).
Well, of course you are not normal, Mom! You are extraordinary! I love you…
… and I want everything in this photo if you still have it, especially your vest and my poncho.