By Hai Lua
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She wanted to go say good-bye to her, but my father said the dark could not wait any longer. She thought that they would visit again, so she did not stamp her foot, shout for her mother to stop, run after her and hold her close. She just stood beside my father and watched as her mother, an old woman with a water pail on her back, her left hand on her hip, walked away, into the darkness of the Laotian jungle. “That is the dream of my mother I carry with me,” my mother says quietly. She never saw her mother again.
He was supposed to pull her up. A bullet came whizzing by. ” In the movie, the man left the woman. My mother knew what he would do before he did it. So did my aunts. There was no interpretation needed. In the end, love was not enough. That was the point of the movie. The Hmong interpreter for the soldiers urged my mother and my aunts to marry communist men. Their husbands had abandoned them, he said. After the fifth month in the camp, and no news, the women could not know any longer, which tortured them.
Her small feet had been bleeding for a long time. The soldiers ordered them with guns to march. In a long line, they walked between groups of soldiers for many hours, until they came to an occupied village, where they were led into an empty hut. The place was silent except for a howling dog that the soldiers in the village had on a leash. The women did not know if the dog belonged to the soldiers or if he was a captive, something like themselves. In the empty hut, the soldiers gestured with their guns for the women to unload their packs and sleep.
A Thousand Tears Falling: The True Story of a Vietnamese Family Torn Apart by War, Communism, and the CIA by Hai Lua