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The story I’m linking to today first appeared in January although I only came across it via a segment on the BBC’s One Show on Wednesday.
In 1975, as the Vietnam war was drawing to a chaotic close, a young Vietnamese woman became ill. She placed her infant son in the care of an orphanage whist she was hospitalised for treatment. Soon afterwards American soldiers removed the children from the orphanage for protection in the face of rapidly advancing Viet Cong troops.
Subsequently American planes evacuated a large number of orphan children to the USA. Not to be out done a British newspaper chartered an aircraft to bring 100 Vietnamese orphans to the UK. Among them was the sick woman’s child. After spending some time in an orphanage in the south of England the boy was adopted by a family from Northern Ireland where he grew up alongside their own son.
In adulthood, although he loved his adopted family, he could not help wondering about his biological parents. Last year he found, through the internet, a woman who believed she was his mother. The two agreed to take a DNA test which proved that she was, indeed, his mother. He traveled to Vietnam where the pair were re-united and she explained the circumstances of his apparent abandonment.
The story does not end there, however, because the man has met a young Vietnamese business woman whom he intends to marry and has set up a charity to help young Vietnamese orphans to develop their talents.
The story appeared in several British newspapers as well as the televised report on the BBC. The version I’m linking to is from the Belfast Telegraph.
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For me it was becoming a shop-keeper. I’d taken up politics in a big way and took the opportunity my employer provided to take voluntary redundancy.
What to do with that lump sum?
Why, open a shop, of course!
Nothing wrong with the idea in principle, nor the detailed plan – if only we’d stuck to the plan! Instead we were seduced by a man who had a small shop selling his home made ready meals. He was moving into larger commercial premises and needed someone to take on the lease of his shop and continue to sell his products as well as all the usual deli items.
Great for a few months, until he lost a big contract and had to close the manufacturing unit.
The location was all wrong for that kind of shop without his USP.
Supermarkets were starting to develop their own deli counters.
We learned a valuable lesson about following the right dream and not allowing yourself to be seduced by a superficially attractive alternative.
Enough about that, now read Jaye and Anita’s reverse bucket list then go to the comments, either here or over there, and tell us about your worst mistake(s).
Sally Cronin hosts Thom Hickey in a cornucopia of glorious art, music and poetry. Any one would be a perfect accompaniment to this holiday season; together they are breathtaking.
Just in case the music I just shared thanks to Clive at Take It Easy, was not enough, here is some more from author Stevie Turner.
Whether or not you are, here are a few you may not have heard yet this year.
I’ve shared a few examples from the Advent Calendar of Medieval Buildings. If you enjoyed them you will have visited the Historical Ragbag blog on which they originated. So now it’s time to introduce you to another blogger I follow whose December blogs consist of a Christmas Song a Day (except that he posts several at once, as in this, his 3rd selection).
His musical taste is one I share – a broad range of genres. If you like this bunch, do check out posts #1 and #2 in the series.