“Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure, the founders of a loving legacy, The greatest storytellers, the keepers of traditions that linger on in cherished memory. Grandparents are the family’s strong foundation. Their very special love sets them apart. Through happiness and sorrow, through their special love and caring, grandparents keep a family close at heart.”– Author Unknown
The banana leaf trees rustled as the morning breeze’s sweet murmurings swept throughout the lush fields to invite a clearing for new beginnings.
Suong just finished collecting fresh herbs from the wild fields. She picked up peppermint plant from her basket, tore its leaves, and placed it into the can filled with warm water. The cat was curious about the basket’s contents and sniffed around before staring off into the distance.
She was brimming with joy that her grandson was visiting for the summer. He sat down next to her on the porch as she crushed the leaves and swirled its contents with a bamboo rod. “Grandma! Grandma! Mom showed me a photo of you as a young girl!” Observing his grandmother’s reaction, the young boy listened to his grandma intently.
Peering over her grandson’s shoulder, she gazed upon the image on his laptop and smiled wistfully. Memories flooded back to the day she met one of her greatest companions.
My father introduced me to our water buffalo for the first time. I was frightened at the mere sight of this large powerful beast, but he reassured me he was quite gentle.
Sensing my uncertainty and fear, he exclaimed, “Suong, meet your new best friend! He will help us with our chores!” He just recently bought the buffalo to help out with farming tasks and lift heavy things. At that point, he lifted me up and hoisted me onto the buffalo’s back.
Feeling the creature breathing, I marveled at the amazing creature who didn’t seem perturbed at my presence and instantly gave him a big hug.
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