Đi PQ với gia đình rồi, bạn bè cũng rồi. Nhưng còn một mong ước mà từ khi đến đây lần đầu tiên Q đã nghĩ tới là sẽ có một lần đến đây cùng người mình yêu người sẽ là chồng mình người sẽ ở bên mình suốt cuộc đời còn lại. Q dành hết tình cảm đặc biệt cho nơi này, vì thế sẽ lại đến đây cùng với người đặc biệt duy nhất của cuộc đời. #mimi#phuquoc#mylife
As I took the last sip of my Saigon Special, pushed aside my empty coffee cup and packed away my laptop, I sat back for an extra minute to observe my surroundings. As the shops were closing down, the smiles across the faces of so many only brightened more intensely as they began to socialize with their family. (I'm a real family and friends type of guy, so moments like these make me smile no matter where I am in the world or what I may be doing). I'm quite certain the family across from me caught me "people watching" and smiling. I walked over to my scooter, placed the key in the ignition and prepared to head back to my hotel (most likely to continue working from the room before heading to bed). Before I could turn my key, the family stood up and said:
"Hey you. Why alone? You know it's New Years? TET! Come sit. Come here. Sit." The choice was simple: I either politely respond with "Oh no, thank you, but I have to get going!", or I take the moment to embrace and respond to their happiness, family celebration and open invitation with equal joy and kindness. Naturally I chose the latter. I put my keys back into my pocket, walked over and took a seat. We laughed. We ate. We drank. The beer kept coming and we shouted cheers to good luck and to the new year. They gave me corn on the cob and vegetable fried rice. After a couple of hours of sharing life stories in broken English and poorly translated Vietnamese, I hugged it out with the family and said my goodbyes. I drove back through the quiet late night streets with a different smile than the one I had arrived to the café with. A new memory was formed and a new experience had been etched into my soul to cherish for many years to come. Family and friends come in all shapes, sizes and colors and the world is a lot more beautiful than we think it is. It's only our choice in how we choose to live in it that changes that perspective.