A woman from Vietnam

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This is a red anthurium I bought at Home Depot recently.  It sits on my coffee table in the living room.

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When I lived in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1969, I met a woman from Vietnam, who occupied the room next to mine at the YWCA.

She told me that her husband had been a diplomat, working for the Vietnamese government, and they had six young children being cared for by her family in Vietnam.

She and her husband had gotten into a terrible car accident in Laos, when his head hit the windshield and he became brain damaged.  She, herself, survived with minor injuries.

Her husband was transported to a nursing home in Thailand.  He could not talk or walk and sat on his bed with his knees drawn to his chest, staring vacantly ahead of him.

With no income, she was forced to attend sewing school in Bangkok, so that she could return to Vietnam and support her husband and their six children by opening a tailor shop.

She said that prior to the accident, her husband had been a philanderer, with many girlfriends.  Yet, when he became brain damaged, where were his girlfriends?  They disappeared.  It was his wife who visited him daily in the nursing home to feed him soup.

That poor woman.  I wonder what happened to her after I left Thailand.

6 Responses to “A woman from Vietnam”

  1. Tom Sightings Says:

    Interesting story … I’m gonna be thinking about this one all day.

  2. Christine Says:

    What a tragic life story Gigi, we should never complain about our lives, others can have it much worse.

  3. David Says:

    When I read this story all I could think about was the importance of always wearing your seat belt. They save lives and prevent such a terrible tragedy.

  4. DeniseinVA Says:

    What a sad story, in a blink of an eye, life can be altered irrecoverably. Puts everything in perspective when you hear stories like this.

  5. Olga Says:

    What a sad story, indeed. I think there is some kind of Buddha like message in it, kind of a cautionary tale.

  6. joared Says:

    Yes, caring for brain injured loved ones can be quite challenging. Fortunately for her, given his condition, he was in a facility where others could provide care. She would have had her hands full just caring for the children.

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