Monthly Archives: September 2013

Vault

In mid-April of my first year with Blue, I went to spend the afternoon at Michael’s apartment. From the Metro stop, I turned down side streets canopied with the chartreuse of early Ginkgo leaves, past the power restaurants that ring … Continue reading

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Boy

When I was six, I had no grandfathers. Life had sprung from my beaming father and his older sisters on the one hand, and my mother and her siblings on the other. Ba Ngoai was the parthenogenic source of it … Continue reading

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Thay Giao

The first thing I knew about my father was that he was a teacher. He was a teacher in Saigon, a teacher within less than a year of arriving in Philadelphia, a teacher until he retired eleven years ago, before … Continue reading

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Ba Ngoai

I was eleven before I knew her real name – Le Thi Canh. We called her Ba ngoai – Ba for female of the grandparents’ generation, and ngoai of the maternal line, the ‘outside family’ that has to earn acceptance … Continue reading

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Character Refresh

I noticed that the playbill for this little drama was incomplete, so on the About the Characters page I’ve added links to the chapterlet postings where each character appears. I’ve also listed out additional characters you haven’t met yet, as … Continue reading

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Contact

When Michael was sweet sixteen, he decided to spend the entire summer at home rather than busing up north to sleep away camps. He helped babysit the twins and puttered in the barn with a welding gun, building a metal … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution

Last night, we squeezed in a late Rosh Hashanah dinner just as the sun began to dip. With a deep breath and one smooth motion, I had driven to school pick-up for Alexander, negotiated a menu with him (the dinner … Continue reading

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