A tale for myself

Yester day, I went to the funeral of Bui Ngoc Tan – author of the book ‘A tale for 2000’. He passed away at 6:15 am, Thursday, 18th December. I got the news 2 hours later from a friend who asked me to visit Tan on Saturday. Tan had cancer so we knew the day would come anytime…

I went to his funeral with a group of people who are Tan’s friends for years. They talked about Tan’s books and funny things they had together. I enjoyed their talk and thought of the sunshine covers the stairs lead to his house. He had gone away with the sunshine – that was the first thing came to mind my when I got the news of him. And the sun was shining beautifully when we came to the funeral.

4 wreaths we ordered on the way from Hanoi to Hai Phong had been delivered. On each of the wreaths was the name of senders and words that they wanted to send to Tan and his family. Some minutes later, when we took the wreaths to say farewell to our great friends, words on two wreaths disappeared – someone had taken them away. These wreaths were ordered under the names of two groups have articles with their own voices which usually debate/question about social problems, human rights… I looked at those no-word wreaths with a sigh. Why would someone did such silly thing? When our bus came close to the place where the funeral ceremony was hold, some people wondered if the local authorities would do something to disturb the funeral because they have always considered Tan to be a must-take-care subject since they arrested and sentenced him to prison for 5 years without trial…

Tan’s wife told us that he didn’t got too much hurt on his last two days. He was happy that he had done all things need to be done – she said. After 5 years in prisons, instead of mourning for those lost years, Tan kept writing although he had to face many difficulties in life. I write as if I have no time left – he said once – you should write whatever you need to write, too, in case you don’t have much time ahead to waste…

A new journey has started with the early sunshine
May you always smile

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