I had a few minutes to quickly chomp down a late diner since I didn't quite eat a real meal today. While eating I skimmed through a Vietnamese classified magazine called Thang Mo. Just a quick history about Thang Mo Magazine in San Jose/ Silicon Valley. They started with one booklet a long time ago. When I first step foot on the land of endless possibilities: California. In 1989, they were already printing and distributing these FREE classify booklets. 24 years later, the one booklet now tripled into three thick out growing booklets with a couple of flyers in between each booklet. They some what remind me of Craigslist, just a Vietnamese version, and hard copy for the Vietnamese business community.
In one of these booklets was a section on a writing contest. They published the three stories of three winners. I chose to read the story of Three Beans. It just so happens this story was about a great mother. You all probably one of those. The story goes like this, the author was a young girl retelling the story of her mother's bravery. To sum it up, she remembered the day her father left her, her sister, brother, and mother on the street in the middle of a storm. Her father took-off with a pretty young girl. And just like that all of a sudden, the family was torn apart. The three kids became fatherless and shelter-less.
Her mother had no choice but to drag her children back to her hometown / family. A depressed farm area. She then raised her children from doing odd and end jobs. She didn't have but the clothes on her back. The man took everything that was valuable. There was no divorce lawyer, no one to turn to for help in those days and age. Her mother migrated the family from one end of the country to the other, wherever she could find work. They would live in the wilderness, under trees and big coconut palm leaves. It was rare that they could afford to stay in a straw hut for long, as the mother would run out of work, or people would not pay her.
One year, around New Year, her mother gave each of the kids a bean. She asked that they planted one of them inside the house and take good care of it. The other two beans were to be planted outdoors and they are not to care for them as much.
Weeks go by, the seed inside the house grew and grew, while the other two didn't even come up. And seeing that the mother asked that the kids stop caring for the plant inside the house. Puzzled as they were, they did as the mother asked. About a week later the plant inside the house started wilting while the other two outdoors seeds were looking quite good. Eventually the indoor plant just got weak and wilted away at the same time that the beans planted outdoors grew stronger and were blooming with flowers.
The mother asked the kids to tell the stories of why they think the one inside being cared for died while the other two with less care survive brilliantly?
She proceeded to teach them that while one was cared for, it didn't have all the necessary essentials to live, it was missing the sun, and nature. When left to attend for itself, it couldn't survive without the care.
The other two, even though they were not pampered and planted in a protected environment. They were accustomed to surviving on their own. They learned how to live and how to thrive in their environment, through the wind, sun and rain. She then compared them to her children, she wanted them to know that no matter what happens, they too will survive and have been taught the surviving techniques of being poor and making ends meet.
It was a very lovely story. What better gift to give your kids then the gift of strength and survival. As a mother, I taught my kids to be independent and to be alert. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I didn't have what my children have today, but somehow I remember having so much fun just doing stupid things.
I guess my mom taught me how to be creative with what I had, thus she also gave me the gift of survival.
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1) What was the best gift you ever received from your mom/ parents?
2) What was the greatest gift you gave your children?
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