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Saturday, April 21, 2001

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Winds and ashes

All I want to do lately is just relax and take it easy. I don't want to plan anything. I just want to stay home and enjoy myself. Well, I want to take long walks and, otherwise, stay home and enjoy myself. I even cooked supper tonight. A real supper, not just a tv dinner.

I did do quite a bit of walking today just catching up on errands and shopping. There was a strong breeze in the morning that turned into strong winds in the afternoon. My eyes were so gritty by the time I got home they hurt. Dust really bothers my eyes. I'm still feeling gritty this evening. Everything is blooming right now so I'm sniffling enough without the dust. If I take something for the allergies my mouth is so dry I start drinking water all the time, then I have to pee. I can sniff or I can pee so it's a tough choice.

When my bus got downtown the transit center was closed off and all the buses were unloading and loading on the street. They was a mini-car track set up around the transit center. I thought the kids were going pretty fast considering the tiny cars they were in. One flipped over but the driver was ok. My bus came about them so I have no clue who won but the money was going for Easter Seals.

Dad called today that the hospital was trying to get hold of him about Mom's ashes. He wanted to know if I could get them if they didn't want to send them to him. Of course I will, then Dad will take them to the family cemetery in Rye, NY. Not many people are buried there except Dad's parents and his grandmother. We're a long living family.

I read "Paper Shadows" by Wayson Choy. He starts with finding out in his late 50s that he was adopted and then goes back and talks about his childhood in the Chinese community in Vancouver, Canada. He tells about his parents and his father's family and their friends in the 40s as they saw chinese operas and collected money for the war effort as his mother and father, and their friends, worked at low paying jobs, which were all they were allowed to hold.

It's a wonderful journey through the trials of several generations and the pull of China fighting against the pull of the new world. The stories are heartbreaking and heartwarming as he takes us through the adjustment of his parents to a world that is foreign to them and what he learns about the family that adopted him.

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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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