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I feel a little odd posting this except maybe it will help lighten for a moment a grim mood that afflicts all of us who feel part of the global community as we watch the videos from Japan that should be from a horror film but are not. 

For autumnia 

Kwong Lee is a bad Buddhist. Every night, her husband counts beads and prays to a woman named Mary who buried her murdered son. Meanwhile, she meditates on the Noble Eightfold Path and chants mantras to free her of want.

It doesn’t work. She wants to know if her sister and brother are alive in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong. She wants the foods she cannot find with ration coupons – five spice powder, huáng jiǔ rice wine, chili oil, and nián'gāo for the New Year. She wants Mr. Patel to stop smoking in her kitchen. She wants her son to survive the Merchant Navy and she wants her grandson to grow up without war.

Kwong Lee wants many things and is a bad Buddhist.

As I had 3 requests for Aravis, I'm writing something longer.  I'll post that later.

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intrikate88
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥
rthstewart
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Thanks!! and thanks for all the great info and the lovely review!!
marbleglove
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
This is lovely and heart-wrenching.
rthstewart
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you!
autumnia
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Poor Kwong, with the stories set in England and Narnia, sometimes it is easy to forget what else is going on in the rest of the world during the war.

And at least her son did return! (For now? On leave?)

Thanks for posting!
rthstewart
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you for the prompt!! It IS sad. He did come home -- for a little while. I think there are two sons -- one of is on another ship -- they are both in the Merchant Navy. Maybe he jumps ship and stays in New York...
metonomia
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
<333

I think this is perfect for today, mood-lightening and also sobering, and you are perfection.
rthstewart
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! I did finally walk away from the TV and computer yesterday. And tried writing instead.
min023
Mar. 12th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
Wonderful
rthstewart
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Thanks!
amine_eyes
Mar. 13th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
*hugs Kwong Li* I love how she is practical and yet recognises that there are so many things that she wishes for :)
rthstewart
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. I keep telling myself, she's an OC... people don't CARE about OCs.. but I kinda do...
varnafinde
Mar. 17th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
"people don't CARE about OCs.."

When they are sufficiently well written, we do.
rthstewart
Mar. 21st, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you!!!
holstencat
Apr. 25th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Bittersweet and gives me a bit of her life story. Like it.

Love the comment prays to a woman called Mary who buried a murdered son. Never thought of it like that but interesting.
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