How times change ………….
On a visit to see Quan a couple of years ago, I met an elderly lady who was a regular visitor and a friend of his. She used to sit with him sometimes to keep him company, help while away the many hours (and years) he sat in his family home with nothing to do. During our visit she signalled to me with outstretched hands, and tears in her eyes, miming the tragedy of this young boy she knew. It was very sad.
You can imagine my delight when I received this photo from Jim. I immediately recognised the elderly neighbour, but this time I didn’t recognise the expression on her face. There is no sympathy to be seen, you can clearly see the happy respect she shows Quan as she meets with him when he returns to his village for a visit.
(I might add that he was a passenger on a motorbike, hence the helmet .... he wasn’t driving! :)
That sad young man is now a distant memory. Quan is a respected member of the community, even somewhat of a celebrity, they love it when he comes home for a visit.
Alison & Rose