Remembering our Parents on Christmas
T'was a Night Before Christmas
Walden - 12/18/18
One early dawn on November 2017, 2 months after Mama's passing. I woke up to a short dream of Papa and Mama and myself . Strangely we were in a public bus going North towards Azusa Ave in West Covina. We must have reached our destination, as I called for the bus to stop for us to disembark. I have my hands full of shopping bags... then poof... I woke up!
I have been thinking about our parents that day, of the many, many good times I have spent with them in Hongkong -- Well more than 30 years ago. Yet, the memories were so fresh, so vivid... as if it were just yesterday.
I sat in front of my desk, opened Google Docs, and wrote "T'was a Night Before Christmas". I missed them so much. My thoughts flowed like water into words and emotions streamed quickly into rhymes. Tears formed in my eyes, as I completed the poem that ended with "We're spending Christmas with Jesus this year" I was weeping yet at the same time found comforts by the final words of "Merry Christmas my son, wipe away that tear."
To my Dear Family -- as part of the song sings.. "More precious than gold, the gift of love." This Christmas, let's give our loved ones -- fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, aunts and uncles, daughters and sons, nieces and nephews, a warm embrace. Life is short, life is precious, we are just but a mist that appears for a little while and vanishes quickly. (James 4:14)
May I greet you all a Joyful Merry Christmas, and all the best for a brand new year!
If I Have to Live My Life Over Again...
Walter - 12/22/18
This morning I asked myself, can we relive our life all over again? Is there such thing as reincarnation? I answered my own question....NO, but then I began to think...... If I have my life to live over....
I would have been more patient and tried to learn whatever I can from our parents, most especially Papa.
I would have spent more time with my parents, my brothers and my sisters, my friends and my family.
I would always be grateful for having a wonderful family.
I would have shared my love by saying I Love You to my parents, to my wife and my kids every single day. Of course that goes with my friends, brothers and sisters.
I would have laughed more and cried less.
I would have been more forgiving.
I would have been the ambassador of love.
I would have listened more and talked less.
When Julian would kissed me impetuously right after having a great dinner, I would never have said, "Later, better wipe your mouth first".
There would have been more I love yous, more I'm sorrys, but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it, live it, and never give it back.
But I realized that I do not have to relive my life so I can change.....It's never too late to change. Life is a gift. We all should change for the betterment of everyone. Life is short. We should slow down and if necessary stop whatever we are doing, so we can enjoy life a little more. We should place relationship ahead of things. Our mission ahead of clocks. Living life solely on the basis of efficiency and cost effectiveness does not come without a price. What I am trying to say is, BE HAPPY, ENJOY LIFE and LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Merry Christmas everyone. May this holiday season bring you love, happiness and good health. I love you all.
T’was a Night before Christmas
Chapels all waiting for the midnight mass
Joyful children caroling simple hymns
Bright lighted candles that never dims
Snow covered grounds into Christmas white
Silent night turned merry and bright.
Sweet melody over the frosting air
Warm season’s greetings from everywhere
Oh -- Father, Mother nowhere to find
Not a whisper, and not even a sign
And all in a quick second, rose a Christmas star
From east to west, stretched afar.
Swiftly a familiar fragrance filled the room,
Snow white angels appeared in bloom.
Bearing gifts from way way up above,
More precious than gold, a gift of love.
T’was a day after Christmas,
Gentle whispers buzzing from the past
Away in a manger, lay Christ our King,
Bring peace on earth, the angels sing.
Oh, John and Jane, they saw the light
Glorifying heaven, all day, all night
You walked beside me day by day
For you have never really went away.
Oh - Father, Mother, so now I find.
Cherished your love, forever mine
“We’re spending Christmas with Jesus this year"
"Merry Christmas my son, wipe away that tear.”
We wish you all a joyful merry Christmas,
And all the best for a brand new year.
T'was a Night Before Christmas (The Song)
Music: Jai Lynn
Lyrics: Walden L
2017 Performance by Jai Lynn
2018 Performance by YoZi Ngoo
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