“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Last weekend, I took my wife and kids back to the little town I used to live in during the high school years. Port Lavace, Port of the cow, it’s a quiet small fishing town by the Gulf Mexico, and then a couple big chemical plants moved in. Including Alcoa, DuPont and also the infamous Formosa Plastics (according to the Netflix documentary series “Dirty Money”) my dad used to work for. They brought job opportunities and local economy, but also brought in the pollution. I will discuss the deeper issue about how technology impacts our life and environment next time. Now, I want to share about how this town changed my life.
Because of my dad’s work at Formosa Plastics, our family moved to Port Lavaca from Taiwan during the late 80’s. I was in 9th grade and didn’t speak any English at all. The Taiwanese there are mostly my father’s colleagues. Their kids either came to the US at an early age or were born in the state. Even though all the families help each other out like a one big family, and most of them do speak Mandarin at home. But most of the kids felt embarrassed to speak Mandarin to me at school. And some of them even told the other kids at school not to talk to me because I couldn’t understand English. I didn’t really talk to anyone at school except with my sisters for a long period of time. It was really tough for me at school during that teenage period. But it also helps to build a stronger relationship with the ones who actually became my friends.
All the best and worst memories of my adolescence are all right there!! The town is so small and peaceful (I was going to say boring…) that once I left for college, I didn’t want to go back. But still… sometimes, I miss the beach, I miss the sea breeze, I miss the tight community bonded like a one big family. I never realized how much I missed it until I got older. So, many years later, when I got older, I took my family back to that small peaceful town. Enjoy the beach, sea breeze and the people I haven’t seen for a long long time.
That kind of strong bonding between people who are not related is what Much Love Crew is looking for and hoping to create. Family doesn’t have to be blood related. As long as we have a common goal and like-minded spirit, we can also create a community that is filled with much love. With more people involved, yes, there might be more drama, but there is also much more strength to achieve more and help more people.
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