WDYS #110 – Cau Chuyen Cua Ba Noi (Grandma’s Tales)

“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.

National Geographic Photograph by Denis Rozan
A young Hmong girl rides a water buffalo in Sa Pa, Vietnam.

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  1. Sadje says:

    A beautiful story Sa. Loved how you’ve made it personal and real. Thanks for joining in

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      The rural, greenery setting in this photo just reminds me so much of my family’s home country. Thank you sincerely for hosting it. Other participants captured the interaction between the grandparent and child so well!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Sa! I’m glad the image resonated with you.


  2. So touching story , the lines very inspiring 👌🌷🙏 this same love I cherishing my
    grandchildren also. Grace wishes to you 👏👍🏻♥️😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you, writing it brought back many memories! That is so sweet! I’m sure your grandchildren are so fortunate to have you in their lives. ❤ 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thank you for this lovely coment message 🙏❤️ and so truth also 👏🌷


  3. JOY journal says:

    :0 My grandmother once rode a young cow. I don’t think it was quite as chill as your water buffalo!!

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Hahaha! I’m sure that is quite a tale on its own! My supervisor once told me of a cow on her uncle’s ranch that almost rammed her against the fence. However, her adrenaline kicked in and she miraculously climbed the 12-foot fence! She wasn’t sure how she did it but told me fight or fight instincts helped her survive that day.


  4. kittysverses says:

    This is a great story. 🙂


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