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Update : April 23, 2020

Some are unfortunate to lose one or both parents in their youth.

Some are fortunate to have one or both parents in their 90’s and beyond.

Ivan’s Mother lived up to 102

Ivan Lee (U Khin Maung Oo, M69) is a Golden Sponsor for SPZP-2000 and an early supporter of the first RIT web site. He is also a major donor for the 69er Health Care Fund (HCF) along with Daw Myint Myint (C69) and U Sein Myint (EP69).

He is Kan So Kan Kaung. He lost his father when he was young. His beloved mother raised her children and also managed to stay healthy beyond the Century mark.

Ivan e-mailed us when his mother turned 100. It showed the birthday card sent to his mother from the 43rd US President George W. Bush.

Ivan e-mailed again when his mother turned 101. It showed the birthday card sent to his mother from the 44th US President Barack Obama.

We heard sad news from Ivan the following year. His mother passed away at the tender age of 102. She was alert until the final days. It could be because she played two hours of Mah Jong daily.

Let Oo Saya / My beloved parents

I am somewhat fortunate to have parents who lived beyond 80, but not fortunate enough to have them around to see and appreciate my posts.

My beloved mother lost her mother a few days after her birth. She made up for her loss by giving her metta (unbounded love) and cetana to the children and grandchildren. She kept a list of all the important events — birthdays and anniversaries — and would be usually the first to wish. Even though she had maids, she would get up early and prepare breakfast for us. She also supervised the homework of her children, nephews and nieces.

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My parents


My beloved father was a youth when he was given only three months more to live by the then best doctors in Rangoon. My father had a Near Death Experience (NDE). His younger brothers cried thinking that he had died.

My father was walking happily along when a supposedly holy man stopped him and said, “Young man, you have to do sasana work. Do not go beyond this point.” Sensing that my father was reluctant to end his walk, the man pushed him and probably made my father conscious.

Luckily, an indigenous medicine man named “Ga Doke Saya Gyi” treated him and even parted some of his medical knowledge to my father.

My father built pagodas starting with Dat Paung Zon Aung Min Gaung Pagoda. He also helped renovate pagodas.

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My parents cutting their Anniversary Cake in 1965

During my school days, my parents gave me 25 pyas as pocket money. They wanted to make sure that I study hard. They would give bonus prizes only when I did well in the final examinations.

They would buy us typewriters : Remington for English and Olympia for Burmese.

They would also provide us books : several types of dictionaries, Myanmar Swel Sone Kyan, Reader’s Digest, Student’s Companion, A book for Idioms, Grammar (e.g. Wren and Martin), the King’s English (by Fowler and Fowler), “How and Why”, Fun with Mathematics, Classics Illustrated, Saya Mauk (Bedin), Cheiro (Palmistry), Second World War, …

My beloved parents would have smiled to hear my grand daughter Chit Sa Noe (CSN) say, “Who’s your doctor? What happened?” after I returned from the “colonoscopy screening”.

CSN added, “Don’t worry. I’ll take care of you. I love you.”

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Two lovely grand children

She must have inherited the loving kindness of her great grand parents.

She won the Super Reader Award and Completion of Beginner’s Level 1 in Swimming. She can sing, dance and paint.

My Grandson is athletic. He could dribble a regular size basketball and shoot. He can kick football neatly and also ride a bicycle. He is also sociable.

Poem and Song

I would like to share a poem and a variant of a song that I learnt in my youth.

Father (Poem)

Be kind to your father
For when you were young
Who loved you as friendly as he
He caught the first accent
That fell from your tongue
And joined in the heavenly glee.

Be kind to your father
For now he is old
His hair intermingled with grey
His footsteps are feeble
Once fearless and bold
Your father is passing away.

The version that we learned at school use archaic words like Thee, Thou, Thy and Locks. I have replaced them by the current usage : You, You, Your and Hair.

Mother (Song)

M is for the mercy she possesses
O means only that she’s growing old
T is for her tender sweet caresses
H is for her heart of purest gold
E means every thing she’s done to save me
R means right and right she’ll always be

Put them all together
They spell MOTHER
A word that means a world to me.

M is for the million things she gave me
O means that I owe her all I owe
T is for the tears she shed to raise me
H is for the hands that touch and hold
E means every thing she taught me
R means rare and special she’ll always be

Put them all together
They spell MOTHER
A word that means a world to me.

In some countries, there is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

For us, everyday is Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Parent’s Day.

Dear beloved parents, I’m sure you will be in the good abodes. I want to thank you for your unbounded love and for your belief “Every thing that’s worth doing is worth doing well”.


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