(PICTURE: Dad resting at the pogoda on Hoam Kiem lake)
(PICTURE: Mom, Huyen and I at dinner)
Perhaps the most overused cliche is that, "Time Flies." Well, it's true. This morning my parents left their hotel at 5am to go to the airport and fly to Hue. I can't believe that my parents arrived eight days ago and are already leaving. Frankly, time flew.
It was wonderful having my parents in town and I'm really proud of them for coming. For those of you who don't know, my mother is petrified of flying. However to come see me she braved-up and flew for over 24 hours. Not to mention, she's now flying all over Southeast Asia before getting on another 24 hour flight back home. She's a brave woman. Furthermore, I'm really proud of my Dad for making it out here. It was just eight months ago that he had open-heart surgery and although he's not in the best shape of his life, he's doing really well. And Dad, no pressure, but I expect you to be in the best shape of your life when I get back in seven months!
I also want to thank my parents for being so warm to Huyen. Huyen said to me, "Your parents are so nice and I feel very close to them." As most of you know, it is every Jewish parents dream for their child to marry a nice Jewish girl. Huyen has the nice part covered since she's probably the nicest person I've ever met. However, in case you haven't been paying attention, Huyen isn't Jewish. She's not even half Jewish. The thought of me dating a non-Jew, and potentially marrying one, can't be an easy idea for my parents. However, you wouldn't know it since they treated Huyen as kindly as they treated any girl I've ever brought home. So thank you for that Mom and Dad.
I'm filled with sadness at the moment since I won't see my parents again until next May. At the airport when I left America (blog entry #1) I cried when I said goodbye to my family. This time I was a little stronger and managed to hold back my tears...although I did shed a couple when I saw my parents at baggage claim when they arrived.
I love you Mom and Dad!