The first generation consists of my beloved parents. For us, every day is “Father’s Day” and “Mother’s Day“. They not only took care of us (their seven children), but also the grand children.
- My parents passed away in their 80s.
- For a long time, I was among the lucky ones to have both parents.
- Now, I am among the unlucky ones to have lost both parents.
- My parents took care of my two sons when they were young.
- Sad to say, they did not live long enough to see Chit Sa Noe (my grand daughter) and Po Lone (my grand son).
Let Oo Saya
During my school days, my parents gave me 25 pyas as pocket money. They wanted to make sure that I study hard.
In Standard VI(D) and Standard VII(D), Ms. Amelia Kyi (“Miss Hong Kong“, mother of U Win Kyi (RUBC Gold)) taught us English. We had to take weekly tests. She would fine 25 pyas to those who fail in a test. She would give 50 pyas to those who do well in a test.
My parents 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 also gave me a Raleigh bicycle, a Yashika Mat camera, and Cash prizes (100 Kyats for passing a Government examinations and 100 Kyats for each Distinction).
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.
Uncles and Aunts
My uncles and aunts were my “adopted” Parents.
They had private libraries. There was a complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, books by Dale Carnegie (“How to win friends and influence people”, “Five minute biographies”) and more.
They also allowed me to play their piano and games (Badminton, Table Tennis, Carrom, Bridge).
One uncle would take us to Inya Lake for swimming followed by a feast of Buthee Gyaw.
Another uncle would take me to the Recreation Center in the Main Campus (e.g. to meet Saya Dr. Than Tun) and to the Faculty of Social Science & Library (e.g. to meet Saya U Khin Maung Kyawe (Jimmy) and Sayama Daw Myint Myint Khin (Hazel)).
A Zillion Thanks
Dear beloved parents, uncles, aunts and teachers, “I’m sure you will be in the good abodes. I want to thank you for your unbounded love and for your exhortation that “Every thing that’s worth doing is worth doing well” “.
My beloved spouse and I tied the knot in June 1973 in front of our parents (my father, my mother and her mother) and elders including Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe (Founder and Director of Universities’ Computer Center).
All my siblings are alive and well.
My spouse had lost five family members.
- Her father passed away in his mid 50s.
- Her mother passed away in her late 80s.
- Her elder brother passed away in his early 50s.
- Her younger brother passed away in his early 60s.
- Her nephew passed away in his late 30s.
She volunteered for social and religious events. She also wrote several articles for Dhammananda Newsletter with the pen name “Neik Ban Zaw“.
My spouse encouraged me to pay back to our parents, mentors, alma mater, society and our beloved land.
With her support, I served for two decades as Chief Editor of “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and as an organizer of activities (including RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe).
I have written 2000+ posts in my Facebook pages and hlamin.com
I have two loving sons.
The elder son is an Industrial Engineer.
The younger son is a Software Engineer.
- I have two kind, loving and intelligent grandchildren.
- They are our life savers.
- Chit Sa Noe (Chit Snow) will attend Second Grade.
- Po Lone is attending pre-school.
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