Life. Brutally Beautiful


My family (L to R: Mama, Yao, Dee, me, and Baba). Hualien, Taiwan. circa 1977.

I know my birth date, so I know when I saw my mother for the first time. But I don’t remember the exact date when I saw her the last time in this mortal life. She passed away 20 years ago today, February 22, 1997. On an ambulance. No one was with her. I swore I’d never live her life. But in a way I did, and still do. I’m a mom. I’m a mom who writes, so when pictures fade, our stories continue. And that’s what makes life brutally beautiful.


My family. Salt Lake City, Utah. September, 2015.


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