Every morning, she woke up and made her own bed.
She folded the white canvas bed and leaned it against the bedroom wall.
She also liked to sing and dance.
One day, she came home from dancing in a school concert. Her teacher had made up her face with some pretty colors — blue on her eyelids, orange on her cheeks and red on her lips.
|This image is a black-and-white drawing. It shows a picture of a girl
hiding behind a couch and 2 men talking to each other.
She saw papa talking to a man she had never met. She went to hide behind the wooden couch papa made. The man saw her.
When she was about ten, she heard papa talking sadly to mama one night.
|This image is a black-and-white drawing. It shows a girl sleeping
on a canvas bed, a couple talking and the canvas bed being folded up.
“Ah Tee said, no matter how bright she is, we’ll never be able to send her to college!”
She didn’t understand what those words meant.
Many many years have passed.
On May 9th, 2014, that “little girl” was hooded by her advisor at a doctoral hooding ceremony in Syracuse University.
Education fulfilled its promise in her life.
|Yin Wah Kreher, doctoral hooding, 5/9/2014|