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What I’ve Learned stories from the life of Pak Lam www.rememorystories.com
What I   ve Learned  stories from the life of Pak Lam  www.rememorystories.com
inscription To my dear grandchildren: Thank you for listening and writing. I hope you will enjoy these stories now and in the future . October 2015 Grandpa Lam
inscription  To my dear grandchildren  Thank you for listening and writing. I hope you will enjoy these stories now and in...
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What did you think when you first met GRANDMA? In the beginning not much. *laugh* Oh, I don’t know. *laugh* We didn’t really date as we were quite far away from each other. There was no telephone at that time to call each other too. MaMa seemed very nice. In 1953, I came back to Guangdang. We got married after I graduated from University. I got married with MaMa at that time in a very small ceremony. We did not do big weddings then.
What did you think when you first met GRANDMA  In the beginning not much.  laugh  Oh, I don   t know.  laugh  We didn   t ...
what is your first childhood memory? It is hard to remember that long ago now. But, I do remember the first time my father came back from from America. It was my first time meeting my father. I was five then. I remember that my mother received a letter from America saying that my father was coming back. He was coming back by ship so it took a long time. Almost three months from. I remember waiting for him in the house the day my father was due to arrive. My mother made a special meal with chicken that day and made me wear my best outfit. I was playing outside the house when I saw a man walking towards the house. At first I did not know it was him. Then my mother came out to meet him. She waved me over. At the time I was not sure how to react, but my father had brought me a gift from America. It was a small wooden boat.
what is your first childhood memory  It is hard to remember that long ago now. But, I do remember the first time my father...
What was your favorite childhood meal My mother was a very good cook. Most times there was not that much to eat when I was young. The best times, were when my father sent money back from America. At that time my mother would buy Chinese sausage and cook it in the clay pot with the rice. I would stand in the kitchen and watch my mother put the water, rice, and sausage in. The smell would fill the house. It is a very simple dish, but it was my favorite when I was young. It is still a dish which I enjoy very much now.
What was your favorite childhood meal My mother was a very good cook. Most times there was not that much to eat when I was...
What is your favorite memory with a grandparent? I did not know my father’s parents, but I grew up living with my mother’s mother. She was a very kind and thoughtful person. We did not have much then, but my grandmother would always save up to buy small treats for me. I was her only grandchild so she wanted to spoil me. My mother was often out running errands or working so I would spend a lot of time with my grandmother at home. My favorite times with her were helping her cook meals at home. She taught we how to wash the rice and we would wash the rice together. We would take the pot out to go get water and then wash the rice exactly three time. Then she would start the fire for the stove and begin cooking the rice. While waiting for the rice to cook she would tell always remind me of how important it was to not rush the rice. I always remember cooking rice with my grandmother.
What is your favorite memory with a grandparent  I did not know my father   s parents, but I grew up living with my mother...
what sports did you used to play? I was not very good at sports.I focused on my studies when I was young. Occasionally, I would play table tennis with my best friends in university. After classes we would get together and play a few rounds. My two best friends and I would play during the weekends when we would go home from the university dorms. Over time I got quite good at it and we would get a group of friends together and set up small competitions. I only won once, but I always enjoyed playing.
what sports did you used to play  I was not very good at sports.I focused on my studies when I was young. Occasionally, I ...
What was your first plane trip like? I rode a plane for the first time in 1978 from Sea Tac airport to San Francisco to visit your grandmother’s sister. I was very nervous, since I had never been on a plane before. Back then, flying was much easier than now. There were fewer people at the airport and fewer planes. Even for this short flight they had a proper meal and the food was good, not like it is now. I had a seat towards the front and was very excited. Then when the plane took off, I became very nervous that the plane would crash. I was so concerned for the whole flight! Very different than how everyone flies so often now.
What was your first plane trip like  I rode a plane for the first time in 1978 from Sea Tac airport to San Francisco to vi...
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? When I was young I was a bad student. I was younger than the others and did not want to study. I would claim to go to the bathroom and then run out to play instead. The teachers would catch me an get very angry. One day, an older teacher caught me. He gave me a stern lecture that my mother worked very hard so that I could go to school. He said that I should make her proud and work hard for her. At that time, I did not pay attention to the old teacher. But, when I got older I remembered his words.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED  When I was young I was a bad student. I was younger than the others and did not...
Can you describe how you got your first car? Your grandmother and I moved to the US in 1968. It took us five years to save up for a car. I did not know anything about cars then so we talking to other uncles in Chinatown and asked their opinion. Since we had a large family, a station wagon was recommended. We could not afford a new car so we looked at used cars. A friend of a friend from Chinatown was selling a Ford Country Square. That was the car that we bought. It was light blue and had wood panel on the side. It was such a great day to bring that car home. Your father and aunts were so excited to ride in it.
Can you describe how you got your first car  Your grandmother and I moved to the US in 1968. It took us five years to save...
What is most important to maintain a marriage? Your grandma and I have been together for a long time. It is really important to think of yourselves as a team. No matter what we always try to work together towards things. Especially when you are parents. Your spouse is the only other person who can shoulder those big life burdens with you. You have to remember that the two of you are leading the household together. Your grandmother and I try very hard to work as a team.
What is most important to maintain a marriage  Your grandma and I have been together for a long time. It is really importa...
How did you feel when your first child was born? Your grandmother and I were both so young then. We were excited of course. But, on the day when Fred was born we were in such a rush. But, I do remember the moment when I held your father for the first time. He was so small. My hands seemed so big in comparison. You see this small baby looking up at you and you know that it is now your responsibility. It finally sunk in that nothing would ever be the same. From that day forward I was a father. I was going to be raising this little baby to become an adult. I knew I would have to work hard to build a better life for all of us.
How did you feel when your first child was born  Your grandmother and I were both so young then. We were excited of course...
What was your childhood home like? I grew up in the family home of my mother and her mother. We lived in a small fishing village in Taishan. Our house was very different than the house we have now. It was a very small brick house with only three rooms. It was only a little larger than the living room in the house I live in now. The house had been built by my great grandfather. He had built the house by hand with the help of some of the other villagers. My mother and grandmother were very proud of that house. There was no heating or plumbing inside. There was a kitchen, a living room, and a single bedroom. To use the bathroom you had to walk out to the village toilets. We all shared the bedroom. There were small windows for each room. I slept on one side of the bedroom, nearest to the window.
What was your childhood home like  I grew up in the family home of my mother and her mother. We lived in a small fishing v...
Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? When I was still a student in university I once lost my notebook with all my notes for one of my classes the week before exams. I could not remember where it had been. Another student, several years older than me, found it at the library. He looked up my name and asked around until he found me and hand delivered the notebook to my dorm room. That was how I met Wun. We ended up becoming very good friends.
Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness  When I was still a student in university I once lost my note...
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRIstmas TRADITION? Back in China when I was growing up we did not celebrate Christmas that much. My mother was a Christian so we went to church for Christmas. After coming to America, Grandma and I started celebrating Christmas much more. When our children were young, we started buying Christmas gifts. My favorite tradition is watching kids open their presents. Now we get to see that with our grandchildren as well. It is a very happy time to see everyone enjoy their presents.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRIstmas TRADITION  Back in China when I was growing up we did not celebrate Christmas that much. M...
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