On May 31st, after 14 days of silence and a stint in the hospital due to ill health and exhaustion, Hao’s sister Nina Wu wrote an entry on her blog titled “Dragon Boat Festival:”
With respect to the many caring inquiries from friends, I know that further silence will create more speculations and worries. So I am sitting in front of the computer to type up these words. I thank everybody for their concerns.
Due to reasons such as turning over my work responsibilities and also ill health, I have left Beijing for Shanghai. I have visited the doctor, entered the hospital and stayed a few days. I am still physically weak, so I did not go back to my blog.
Please believe me that in spite of all the various hardships in my life, I am not shaken in my resolution to strive for the freedom of Hao. I and my family believe that we will go past the threshold of 2006.
Today is the Dragon Boat Festival. Those who know and those who don’t know the news have sent in festive SMS. Following tradition, my parents bought the wrapped rice dumplings and artemsia plants. In his blog, my younger brother described the scene of wrapping rice dumplings in his youth at home during the Chinese New Year. Food preparation is one of the happiest moments in family life each year.
Actually, apart from that, there is another major family event as our parents will solemnly wrap the rice dumplings for the Dragon Boat Festival. The Spring Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival are the most fresh memories inside my head.
Today, my parents are aged and no longer have the energy to prepare everything. But they still follow the tradition and tell us to buy or personally prepare the various items. For this Dragon Boat Festival, we miss my younger brother’s contribution. I am silent. I am afraid that I will open up my mother’s wound and cause her to cry in pain just like last weekend. Sigh! The children will always be the gentle tear at the parents’ hearts.
Did my younger brother eat rice dumplings today? Did he share our common memories? It is such a plain but tremendous happiness to have one’s family around! I hope that this happiness will never leave us.