Meaning of FAMILY

Holiday and New Year is a time for families to get together and bond. It’s this time around and every year about this time, I always see a young me who would leave my mo at home to go celebrate with my friends by getting super drunk because I wanted to fit in. I wanted to have fun and that’s why I put friends before my mom. I was wrong because the more I think about it, the more I regret. As cruel as it sounds, I really wish I could go back in time and whoop that kid’s ass.

Fortunately, now I know. I think we learn as we age and as time progresses we get to realize the importance of family and the true meaning of togetherness. On a sad note, as much as I want to grow up and make money and relieve my mo’s familial and maternal responsibilities, at that same time, I also don’t want to grow up. Knowing that my mom will get old also as I grow older just pains me. I guess in life you cannot have everything, can you?

Also, you’ve been warned, since we are living ina  different generation, feel free to stop reading if you disagree because I always respect your opinions.

What I learn about FAMILY is that it is something money cannot buy. Either you have it now or you don’t. And regardless where you are, your family will always love you unconditionally and provide you warmth, support, joy, and most importantly, love. You can also break this down by the initials.




Very cool, eh? I learned this from a monk back in Taiwan.

I used to hate shopping with my mom in the mall because all the other high schools kids would see me and I was too sensitive and I didn’t want them to see me as weak and a mama’s lil boy. But now I learned that no one cares. And a high schooler’s opinion doesn’t matter at all. There are other older and more mature individuals who will understand just how sweet and thoughtful you are that you want to hang out with your parents because most of the time they can’t do that anymore. Either these older people’s parents have passed or they are too occupied by their work and own family… not trying to sound ironic here…

Just always know that time will run out one day and people won’t be there forever. So try and spend as much time as you can with your family because they won’t always be there forever. You willingly to spend time with and provide them companionship will mean a lot to them. But of course, your seemingly strong and easily touched parents are also, like you, too shy to tell you. To be honest, what’s wrong with spending time or shopping with your parents? Plus you get to have all the free clothes!


Have a great day,

J.H. Yeh


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