Bee Goes To Bed Alone

Japanese parents share a bed with their children.
My eldest daughter, Pon, goes to bed alone since she is already a teenager.
Bee had never slept alone and she usually went to bed with me hand in hand.

When On-chang, a Taiwanese girl, left our house to move
to a graduate dormitory, Bee declared that she would sleep alone
in her own room, which On-chang had used.

I thought that I would miss Bee but it was very pleasant.
I could read, write my blog, prepare lunch boxes and so on
when she slept by herself.

How comfortable this Western lifestyle was!

When Bee asked me what I thought about going to bed,
I replied both ways were good.

"Mom, which is better?
Me going to bed alone?
Or with you?
I don't mind which you choose."

"I think either is good, Bee."

Then Bee went very depressed.

"Mom doesn't love me anymore!"

"Oh! Honey, I love you so much!
I'd really love if you go to bed with me as usual!" I said.

My original Japanese entry.


Bee Misses On-chang

On-chang, a taiwanese graduate student,
left our house since she could get a dormitory.

She spent one year as a part of our family.

My eight-year-old daughter told me how she missed On-chang
when I came back home from work.

 "Mom, my room is so empty now.
On-chang is gone and her stuff is gone, too.
I miss her so much."

"I cried for a while." 

On-chang used to use Bee's bed room.

Bee used to say it was better that On-chang stayed in her room
instead of her because she loved On-chang so much.

"Mom, while I was crying, Pon was playing a game on her PSP,"
Bee continued and explained how she was thoughtful.

It was funny.

My original Japanese entry.


Today's Angel

I was writing an entry in my hospital journal
when Bee came over and tried incessantly to get my attention.

"And Mom, my friend was ..."

"Listen, Mom, I ..."

"Sing with me, Mom!"

I said at last,
"Hey, Bee, would you leave me alone for fifteen minutes?"

She replied in a small voice,
"OK, Mom! I'll set a kitchen timer."

I must have said it more gently since she didn't frown at all.

My original Japanese entry.